| Faza Suraj |
THE Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) yesterday organised a meeting with community members of Mukim Liang Lumut in an effort to reactivate the neighbourhood watch.
The meeting, which was hosted by Sungai Liang Police Station Chief Inspector Burhan bin Abang, was also attended by YB Haji Shafiee bin Haji Ahmad, Head of Kg Lumut I, who is also a member of the National Legislative Council.
The meeting was also attended by Lieutenant Colonel Hj Mohammad Shanonnizam bin Sulaiman, Acting Commanding Officer of the Third Battalion
Also present were officials from the RBPF Headquarters in Belait and Gadong, Sg Liang Fire Station, Spark BMC Fire Station, Brunei Methanol Company Sdn Bhd, Total E&P Bornoe BV Lumut, Belait Shipping and the staff of the Sg Liang Police Station.
Chief Inspector Burhan said that since June this year, 15 people, including a female, had been arrested over property- and drug-related crimes.
Out of the 15, 13 were unemployed.
Those arrested were in age group of 15- 35 years.
Chief Inspector Burhan said that in August this year, they had stopped a car theft which led to investigations leading to the arrest of individuals involved in cases of cable theft and home invasion.
He added that earlier this month, a 23-year-old male was arrested for car theft in the Mukim.
“Even though statistics show a decrease in crime cases in the mukim, there is total commitment from community members to work together to prevent crime and assist the police,” he said, adding Mukim Liang Lumut houses some important government’s assets.
YB Haji Shafiee suggested that community members should inform him or any member of the consultative council about any suspicious incident.
He said the information would be forwarded to the relevant authorities so that investigations could be carried out.
“Anyone can inform the head of their respective village about anything that is out of the ordinary because we know our homes better … it would not be difficult for us to spot something odd in our own neighbourhood.
“This is a good attempt to raise awareness about the neighbourhood watch programme. It is beneficial to the community though it will not be simple for any member to register as there are certain conditions to meet.”
Yakub bin Ismail, Head of Security of Brunei LNG in Lumut, said, “It’s a very good move for the community leaders and representative of authorities to have this kind of meetings to discuss ways to tackle crimes, especially with the new housing areas in Lumut and with more expatriates in the area.
“With regards to the BLNG, we will be hosting our own security roadshow which will involve the participation of the authorities as a part of the BLNG Community Social Responsibility programme.”
The Chief Inspector said that there would be other meetings involving community leaders to discuss the reactivation of the neighbourhood watch programme.