Thursday, 26 July 2012

Every bit helps in fight against crime, says Bakri

PETALING JAYA: Every little bit helps in fighting crime, said Federal CID Director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Mohd Zinin.

He said that members of the public had an obligation to help others in need.

“If members of the public witness a crime in progress, they should assess the situation to see if they could help.

“There are many other ways to help other than apprehending a suspect. You can call the police, administer first aid, or provide descriptions of the suspects and vehicles involved.

“If you are in a big group and it is safe, only then should you try to catch the criminals,” Comm Mohd Bakri added, warning the public not to get carried away.

Universiti Sains Malaysia lecturer in criminology Assoc Prof Dr P. Sundramoorthy said the public should use minimal force when restraining suspects.

“We are all innocent until proven guilty. Do not feel guilty if you cannot stop a crime in progress.

“The most important thing is to be a credible witness and call the police immediately,” he said when contacted.

Dr Sundramoorthy said most Malaysians had a mind-your-own-business attitude.

“But we are not alone in this. This is the typical mindset and consequence of urbanisation. People are not as familiar with their neighbours any more, too,” he added.

He also said the media should continue to publish stories on crime to keep the public informed.

He also called for a Good Samaritans Act to be enacted to compel assistance from those in a position to help.
Source : TheStar


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