July 07, 2009 12:45 PM
Rising Crime Rate In Perak
IPOH, July 7 (Bernama) — Crimes involving robbery, car theft and snatching in Perak has leaped up in the first six months of this year comapared to the same period last year, said Perak chief police officer, Datuk Zulkefli Abdullah.
He said cases involving robbery increased by 197 cases from 541 cases in the first six months of last year to 739 cases this year which was a 36.35 hike.
“Police observation found that the jump was due to the economic slump along with unemployment,” he told reporters after the Chief Police Officer’s monthly gathering at the Perak Police Contingent Headquarters here today.
He said the criminals were also into drug abuse and their targets included 24-hour joints, roadside stalls and housing areas.
Car theft from January to June this year went up from 55 for all of last year to 138 cases in the first six month period this year that is a jump of 150.91 per cent.
He said the cases of motorcycle theft also rose from 2,287 in the first six month period last year to 2,398 in the same period this year (a 4.85 per cent rise) while car theft rose from 222 to 326 cases (46.85 per cent).
Zulkefli said snatching theft rose from 195 cases to 268 cases in the first half of the year, that is by 37.44 per cent.
He said the districts of Ipoh, Manjung, Taiping and Hilir Perak were where most of the crimes happened.
He was also upset with the attitude of the people in the state who did not provide information to the police about crimes in their area.
He said the meeting-the-clients programme at police stations held each Tuesday was not very well attended by the public.
“People only blame the police when there is a crime committed but when the police have a programme like meeting the clients there is poor response,” he said.
Zulkefli said the police also had a website polisperak.rmp.gov.my/polis perak/index.html to get feedback from the public on crimes.