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Monday, July 30, 2012

Abu Seman: Only nine cases of mall crimes in KL

Deputy Home Minister Abu Seman Yusof said there were only nine cases of crimes in Kuala Lumpur shopping malls this year and the statistics do not support public perception that such areas are not safe.
"There are only nine cases this year in Kuala Lumpur involving shopping malls, which is a very low percentage of crime for KL," he said at a press conference today. 

“There are certain individuals who are trying to create a perception that the crime rate is not under control."
It was recently reported that a series of robberies targeting women in parking basements of shopping malls had hit the headlines in the last few months, with at least two such incidences reported at The Curve and another at Mid Valley.

He called on the public not to continue spreading false rumours or exploit issues of crime.

"We feel that when it comes to public security and crime, we have to be responsible together, and not to take advantage."

NONEEarlier today, Abu Seman (centre) and Kuala Lumpur police chief Mohmad Salleh with a group of about 20 policemen conducted a walkabout at Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur.

Besides greeting a few visitors and traders along the route, the group also had a look at the mall's car park basement security system, as well as The Garden's Shopping Mall's CCTV control room. 

"This visit is part of the National Key Result Areas (NKRA) policy and we are serious in our efforts in reducing crime," said Abu Seman. 

‘Hire auxiliary police’

Abu Seman also called for commercial premises to hire the services of the auxiliary police force to further safeguard their respective business areas. 

"Overall, based on our observations, we have seen that there is a need for improvement in the our security forces,” he said.

"So far, based on our visits (to the malls), we have only seen a few commercial areas that have appointed auxiliary police, such as the Sunway and Pavilion area.'

"This is because under the Police Act, the auxiliary police force has been given more authority to arrest, and without the auxiliary police's aid, you can only detain someone under the ordinary citizen's arrest," he added. 

On July 18, the police force also held a meet-and-greet session in Mid Valley Megamall in response to growing public concern over crimes committed in shopping malls.

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