I READ the declaration by our IGP that street crime has been reduced by 28% since January 2010 (The Star, April 27). There were “only” 7,730 cases, down from 9,984. The IGP continued to state that the police had a National Key Results Area (NKRA) target to achieve.
It is little comfort to read about all these numbers as far as the 7,730 victims are concerned. And for the second quarter statistics, please add my daughter as the 7,731st victim.
It was 11.45am on April 16. She was alone in her car at the 1 Utama traffic lights waiting for the lights to change when two persons on a motorcycle came up to the front passenger side, smashed the window, and grabbed her bag from the seat.
Did she “invite” the robbers by placing the bag on the passenger seat? Yes, that could be a factor. But are we living in fear and paranoia that crime will strike at all times, in broad daylight, in full view of everybody on a busy street?
Yes, it has become such that in “hot” areas like Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Bandar Utama, we will never feel safe. The robbers are brazen and obviously smug in the knowledge that the chance of them being apprehended is almost nil.
Please Mr IGP, we need more police presence, undercover police and camera surveillance. We have to catch some of the robbers so that they are aware that they cannot get away with the crime.
I pray that the authorities will act to reduce the crime rate and make us feel safe again.G. YONG,