Budget 2008 : Pledge to fight crime

Pledge to fight crime

THE commitment to fight crime in the country has been reflected in the allocation of RM6bil to the police force under Budget 2008.

The strength of the force will also be boosted with 60,000 new personnel to be recruited over the next five years to increase its presence and visibility.

The force will also get 1,900 motorcycles.

The police will also set up a Mobile Forensic Unit in each state police headquarters while investigating officers and their assistants will be supplied with an additional 2,000 cars and 1,600 laptops.

More closed-circuit TVs linked to police control centres will also be installed.

To assist the private sector in enhancing security, in particular at factory premises, an Accelerated Capital Allowance over a year will be given for the purchase of security and surveillance equipment.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said the RM6bil allocation would be used to purchase better communication equipment as well as to procure certain equipment for intelligence work.

He said the money would also be used to buy mobile police stations to be used to patrol housing estates and commercial areas.

“I will make sure all our efforts benefit the public. We will do everything we can to reduce the crime rate and forge better ties with the public,” he said.

Musa said the additional 2,000 cars and 1,900 motorcycles would be used to enhance police presence in crime-prone areas while the 1,600 laptops would be fully utilised, uploaded with the necessary data and used by his men for on-the-spot background checks.

Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said that with the additional equipment, the police could raise their visibility and play a more effective role in crime prevention.

“Crime prevention is not only the responsibility of the police. The private sector and the community also have an important role to play,” he said in a statement here yesterday.

Lecturer Anne James, who was a snatch theft victim in her house compound in May, said increased police presence and visibility could reduce crime.

“It is nice to hear that there will be more police but the Government must also ensure that they are well trained to solve crimes,” she said.

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