More disturbing than news that Malaysia’s crime index has recorded a 4.6 per cent increase is the fact that most of these were property-related crimes, according to the Federal Police’s Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department.
Its director Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani said a total of 38,877 crimes involving properties were committed in the first quarter of the year. This figure, he said, represents 58 per cent of all crimes committed from the start of the year.
Acryl believes that the rising statistic is closely related to the improved ability of criminals to pick locks and override a number of security systems. The solution lies in increasing vigilance in neighbourhoods as well as investing in updated and high quality security technology, he said.