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Crime index down

30 Sep 2020 / 18:43 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: The police’s dogged determination and the use of preventive laws saw crime rates significantly lower these days compared to what it was over 10 years ago.

Federal police CID director Commissioner Datuk Huzir Mohamed, who revealed this yesterday, said the crime statistics between 2009 and last year saw two categories of the index, serious crimes and property crimes, fall from 212,678 cases 11 years ago to 83,475 cases in 2019.

He said there was an average decline of about 11,000 cases each year.

Serious crimes comprises murder, rape, causing hurt and robbery or gang robbery with or without firearms while property crimes are theft, snatch theft, burglary and vehicle theft.

Huzir said robberies with or without firearms were the biggest contributers of serious crimes at almost 66% of the total number of cases reported for the category.

He said between 2011 and 2013 robberies rose by 16,000 cases a year.

“Among the reasons behind this steep rise in serious crimes especially robberies was due to the repeal of three preventive laws namely the Emergency Ordinance, Restricted Residence Act and the Internal Security Act during the period. However, after the Prevention of Crimes Act (Poca) and Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma) came into force, such crimes began showing a downward trend between 2014 and 2019,” Huzir said at a press conference at Bukit Aman.

He said murder, kidnap and rape cases also declined in tandem since 2009.

Huzir police had also seized 2,222 firearms over the past 11 years.

He said for the same period 5,403 murder cases were reported and 281 criminals were gunned down of which 36 of them were foreigners.

He said in 2009 there were 183 cases of robberies involving firearms but only 24 of such cases were reported last year.

As for property crimes, he said vehicle thefts made up 43% or 641,981 cases of the category.

He said more than 72% or 464,446 of the vehicle theft cases reported in the country involved motorcycles.

“At an average, 115 motorcycles are reported stolen in the country everyday. In 2009, 61,394 motorcycles were stolen but last year it was about a third of that at 22,507. Vehicles of other classes that were reported stolen had declined by half in 2019 compared to the previous years from 2009. With this, insurance companies have saved over RM20 million in vehicle loss claims,” he said

As for house break-in, he said 38,570 cases were reported in 2009 while 2019 saw only 16,498 cases.

Huzir said Selangor being a densely populated state has the highest crime index.

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