KUCHING (Bernama) – Sarawak police have two months to improve the state’s crime index, said its commissioner, Datuk Wira Muhammad Sabtu Osman.
“Crime statistics in the state have gone down this year, but we still have two more months to improve the crime index, especially in reducing house break-ins, which have increased this year.”
Muhammad Sabtu said this in his speech at the Sarawak police commissioner’s dinner function with the media at the officers’ mess of the Sarawak police headquarters on Tuesday night.
Saying that crime rates in the state were declining, he called on the media in Sarawak to assist the police in fighting crime by providing information to the police and to help educate the public on how to avoid crime through their writings.
He, however, advised the media not to publish news which could jeopardise police investigations into certain crime cases.
Muhammad Sabtu also asked all OCPDs to work closely with the media, providing them with the necessary information on crime cases in their respective areas, but not on certain cases that were still under investigation. He, however, said that no investigation officer was allowed to give any press statement to the media.
At the function, Muhammad Sabtu presented letters of appreciation to the media organisations.
He said next year, the state police would honour the top three crime reporters in the effort to encourage crime reporters to write accurate crime news.
In a press statement issued in conjunction with the function, Muhammad Sabtu said crime prevention awareness among school students would be intensified through the school crime prevention clubs.
He said there were now 319 such clubs in the state – 214 in primary schools and 106 in secondary schools.
Muhammad Sabtu also presented 55 notice boards to schools with a crime prevention club, with the remaining schools to receive the notice boards soon.
He said the notice boards to be put up at the schools involved were for the clubs to disseminate information on their activities, and the latest news and current issues related to crime prevention.