Thursday, April 23, 2009

Criminals love the crowds here

Criminals love the crowds here
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 07:20:00

FONG: Working hard to reduce crimeJALAN Changkat Thambi Dollah — located opposite Pudu Jail and close to the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters — is in the limelight with over 100 crime cases reported in the area.

Traders and frequent travellers there claim that every Saturday night, the place turns into a criminal den.

They hope the authorities will act to curb crime in the area.

Malay Mail caught up with Bukit Bintang Member of Parliament Fong Kui Lun for his views of the situation.

What kind of crimes usually occur in Jalan Changkat Thambi Dollah?

From the feedback from traders, residents and those who frequent the place, most of the reported crimes are snatch thefts, wayside robbery, drug peddling, pickpocketing and extortion.

Who are these culprits or criminals?

Most of them are juvenile delinquents, aged 16 to their mid-20s.

They usually work in groups, either on motorcycles or on foot.

Some of them operate alone.

Why is the place a crime den on weekends but rarely on weekdays?

This place will be crowded with shoppers on weekends.

They crowd shopping centres like Times Square, Bukit Bintang Plaza, Sungei Wang Plaza and Low Yat Plaza.

The criminals take advantage of the crowds to strike.

What have you done so far to address the problem?

I have been meeting traders and residents for their input.

I have also had meetings with the Dang Wangi district police chief to discuss possible ways to reduce the crime rate here.

What have the authorities done to help reduce the crime rate here?

I have been told that police are adding more patrols.

City Hall too has been installing about 20 closed-circuit television cameras to help monitor the situation.

I am thankful for the efforts of the police and City Hall.

What more can be done to curb these crimes?

The traders and residents want a police beat base in the area to deter criminals.


Khun Pana aka johanssm said...

A good temporary measure is to place some rela fellas there since the polis are too busy.
Try this out for a month .

If the polis are really sincere in curbing crimes at that bus stand.
It will be easier just to park one patrol car there during the crime 'peak" hours from 5pm - the last bus service.
This only require 2 polis personnel to hang around there on the spot , on the ground.
While waiting for the polis to make a pondok polis there.
This will take months or nothing at all.

Will 20 cctvs from the dbkl helps? i doubt so.

* the bangkok police are normally seen at main junction and their patrol vehicles are always visible in crowded locations and it really works .

Khun Pana aka johanssm said...

I found this to be interesting and therefore i decided to post another comment on this topic.

As per my reply to Ku Chin Wa (KL CID)in the MalayMail-

Mr. Ku for your info those youngsters ( boys and girls) are involve in glue sniffing , jaga kereta ,gang fights ,loitering , public nuisance ,urinating in public places and harassing the locals and migrant workers. Not just a simple getting drunk as claimed by Mr.Ku. Mr.Ku failed to say that the youngsters caught are 95 % Malays. The jabatan Agama must be called in as well. As the polis claims to have limited powers to deal with them. Let the Kadis deal with them. As the Kadis have more power in such cases. Mr.Ku claimed that “The police can take action only if crimes are reported." If the polis waits for a crime to take place then the polis FAILED lah. One of the core duties of any police in the world is Crime Prevention.( not sit and wait for reports to come in ) And that area ( Thamby Dollah) is already well known for crimes! Mr. Ku , how about setting up a beat base in this area as requested by the Bukit Bintang MP and business owners?