Almost all housing estates in Cheras are turned into gated communities. The residents feel safer by paying protection fees to security companies.
There is a joke about where is the biggest jail in Malaysia. The answer is not Kajang jail, but the Klang Valley.
Crime busting operation after operation by police is not going to solve the root causes of crime in Bolehland.
The government is better to listen to my advices published in the Star a few months ago on how to eradicate street and other crimes.
Crime rate drops, thanks to four special ops
> Reports by LOH FOON FONG, FLORENCE A. SAMY, REGINA LEE, P. ARUNA, AUSTIN CAMOENS and M. KUMAR
THE crime rate dropped significantly last year, thanks in large part to four special nationwide police operations.
Ops Rentap, Lusuh, Lejang and Pintu resulted in a 11.1% drop from the previous year.
Ops Rentap, to prevent car theft, was carried out on January, February and October last year. A total of 379,766 vehicles were searched and 1,552 arrests made. Some 665 vehicles were confiscated and 30 suspects charged.
To curb equipment and cable theft, Ops Lusuh was carried out in March, April and September 2011. Police searched 47,439 people and arrested 297, and confiscated 227 pieces of equipment. Forty-eight people were charged.
Ops Lejang was enforced in May, June and November to prevent motorcycle theft. A total of 409,936 vehicles were searched and 1,900 people were arrested with 993 motorcycles confiscated. A total 112 people were charged.
To prevent house break-ins, Ops Pintu was carried out in July, August and December, with 369,530 people searched and 854 arrested. Home owners were also educated on the best ways to secure their homes.
These operations along with various other initiatives implemented under the Government Transformation Programme saw a 39.7% drop in street crimes in 2011 from the previous year.
Another successful initiative to make the streets crime-free was the Safe City Programme which was started in 15 townships including Taman Tun Dr Ismail.
TTDI had been beleaguered with an average of 30 crime cases a month, including burglaries, car break-ins and snatch thefts.
The programme has been lauded by the residents who said they feel safer and more secure now.
TTDI Residents Association president Mohd Hatim Abdullah said 99% of the people he met in the area said they felt unsafe before the programme.
“Now, they tell me how safe they feel,” he added.
The programme is to be expanded to an additional 151 municipal councils.