Crime index shows monthly drop in Penampang
Although the crime index for the first six months this year here showed an increase compared to the similar period in 2007, District Police Chief, DSP Madang Usat, described it a good sign. “Every report lodged was investigated, even the smallest bit, because we are committed and want to ensure that people feel safe and protected,” he said. Based on their records, Madang said, the number of cases reported however showed a gradual decrease from month to month. “In January this year, we recorded 92 cases and the number dropped to 62 cases last month, which is a decrease by 30 cases within six months. Last year, in January, we recorded 63 cases and by June, the number decreased to 36 cases. “This means that through proper planning, we were able to prevent crime cases from increasing from time to time,” he told reporters during the handover of cars to the Criminal Investigation Department, and Narcotics and Traffic units at the District Police Headquarters here yesterday. This year’s 24.07 per cent solving rate in the first six months was a decrease compared to similar period last year, which was 35.55 per cent. But violent crime showed a drop from three cases between January to June in 2007 to only one for the same period this year. The police investigated 229 cases under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 in the first six months this year and arrested a total of 256 people, compared to only 207 cases and 236 arrests for the same period last year. “We rounded up 784 suspected addicts between January and June this year, and 156 tested positive, compared to similar period last year when 883 suspected addicts were arrested and 111 of them tested positive. “During the same period, our various types of drug seizures dropped from 427.3 grammes and 198 pills last year to 243.55 grammes and six pills this year,” he said. Madang said 529 accident cases were recorded in the first six months this year compared to 615 cases in the same period last year, with seven deaths recorded for bothperiods. “During the same period this year, we recorded six seriously injured victims, 35 with minor injuries and 481 cases of damaged vehicles, compared to last year’s 10 seriously injured, 55 minor injuries and 543 damaged cars,” he said. The number of drunk drivers caught dropped by 26 per cent from 97 motorists between Jan-June last year to 34 people this year. Touching on the event, Madang said three of the five new vehicles were given to the CID, and one each to Narcotics and Traffic units. Earlier in his speech, he expressed his hope that with the extra vehicles, his men would be able to carry out their responsibilities efficiently and effectively. “It is hoped that these cars will be well maintained. Our duty is to serve the people and ensure they are protected ... let us work together and realise the Royal Malaysian Police vision and mission,” he concluded.