Monday, 13 August 2012

Over 1,500 volunteers to patrol neighbourhoods

SERDANG: Over 1,500 civilians have been roped in to help the police patrol the streets to safeguard empty houses during the coming Hari Raya holiday.

Selangor police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah, who launched the citizen patrolling to prevent crime campaign yesterday, said the move was in line with the all-round safety approach set by the newly launched Ops Selamat.

Ops Selamat focuses on ensuring that house owners secure their properties before leaving for Hari Raya holidays as well as urging them to be safe on the road.

It succeeded Ops Sikap, which only focused on road safety.

“With these volunteers to help as our eyes and ears, we hope to deter would-be thieves from committing crime,” he said.

The campaign, which runs from Aug 15 to Aug 25, will see volunteers from the Selangor commu-nity policing organisation, various neighbourhood watch groups as well as taxi drivers patrolling the streets to keep criminals at bay.

DCP Tun Hisan said the volunteers were a vital part in the strategy to ensure a safe Hari Raya for everyone.

“They know their own neighbourhood best, so they will be able to spot a unfamiliar faces and alert us,” he said.

DCP Tun Hisan said the volunteers could also help police secure a crime scene before the police arrive.

“On many occasions crime scenes are compromised by curious people milling about and this makes our job more difficult,” he said.

With the help from volunteers, police hope to achieve zero crime rate during the holiday season.

Source : TheStar


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