Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Anti-crime fight: Group plays important role

BINTULU: The neighbourhood watch was formed to help the government combat and reduce crime in the country since no police force in this world can combat crime on its own as well as monitor residential area 24 hours a day.

Jepak assemblyman Datuk Zulpilip said this at the closing of a neighbourhood safety and neighbourhood watch seminar held at the Regency Plaza Hotel here.

Talib said the objective of a neighbourhood watch was also in line with the prime minister’s decision in introducing the key Performance Indicator (KPI) which includes reducing the crime index.

“When the country gets developed, crimes would drastically increase,” Talib said, adding that it is also important for the public to be aware of their roles and responsibilities for national security.

He urged the community to be concerned neighbours who keep an eye on their neighbour’s houses when they are not be at home or should something happen.

“Be a good neighbour and be a stronghold to combat crime in your neighbourhood,” he said, adding that the mentality of refusing to be ‘busybodies’ was not suitable nowadays.

“It is not that hard to recognise your neighbours if possible make a list of neighbours in your residential area so it can be a reference should anything happen in the future,” he added.

About 170 participants including member of neighbourhood watch from various villages and districts, took part in the two-day seminar organised by the National Unity and Integration Department of the Prime Minister’s Department.

National Unity and Integration Department state director Rajali Mudin said the seminar was to enhance skills and create greater awareness of the need to be more competent in patrolling among members of the neighbourhood watch.

He said similar seminars were held in Kuching in 2007 and Sibu in 2008.

Rajali called on all neighbourhood watch members in the state to be committed in protecting the country from criminal activities.

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