I see the police working hard to mitigate crime

My wish is for the new Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zaid Hamidi to head a Crime Watch Society established by the Government for both urban and rural communities as well as each state to mitigate crime.

Existing crime watch groups can be partners here.

It is time crime gets the highest attention and urgent action.

Policing reduces crime, so does neighbours on guard.

Remember peace and security is the civic duty of all citizens.

The police cannot be at every nook and corner. We must be there to assist them and be their eyes and ears.

So, prevent crime by putting safety first and by making the local police your partners.

You just need to start with simple things like locking up your house before you go to bed. Lack of safety induces criminals to strike.

Reduce the opportunities for criminals to target us.

I feel snatch thieves should just be jailed. Fines will not do anymore.

I see the police working hard to mitigate crime, but we have to help them. Remember a caring community makes the neighbourhood safe. And safety begins with you.

I say, be the mata-mata in your community.

Watch, observe and phone the police if you see anything suspicious. After all, they are on duty 24 hours a day.

We have also started patrolling our neighbourhoods.

Today, I see the public being more aware of the need to take an active role in keeping crime at bay. This is good. And this is how it should be.

While they do that, their efforts must be supplemented and complemented by the police.

Police presence is most assuring in that it keeps crime at bay.

I see the residents association and RT bases not only nurture unity. They also create a better understanding among the community. And neighbours can help prevent crime as they look out for each other.

I say help yourself to mitigate crime.

Stop jaywalking and be alert to your surroundings.

Be careful as criminals can strike anytime. Be alert and act rationally.

Do not be foolhardy as snatch thieves can be dangerous.

I think one should not put up a fight with such thieves.

There have been many lives lost and it isnt worth fighting with them.

Your life is more important than saving things like your jewellery, documents or money.

Maybe it is time that religious organisations be included in our agenda.

We should also include representatives of non-governmental organisations, bloggers and other stakeholders who have an interest in the matter.

Also as was recently suggested, ex-convicts should be given the opportunity to get involved based on their experiences.

Ex-convicts usually know more about crime.

Its better to give them an opportunity, compared to those who know nothing about crime.

As they say, it takes a thief to catch a thief!

The crime rate can be dented somewhat, but the fight against crime should continue with greater effort.

In addition to a lack of financial resources, poverty manifests itself in poor parental supervision, lack of educational opportunities, lack of meaningful employment options, poor housing as well as lack of hope and prejudice against persons living in poverty.

We often continue to see the symptoms of crime, whereas we tend to overlook prevention and the root causes.

We should adopt preventive programmes and policies to eradicate crime. Crime prevention is the best strategy to fight crime and what better way than to inculcate safety awareness among school children to better safeguard and prevent them from becoming victims of crime.

And I stress that education must today focus on fighting crime.

They say, Prevention is better than cure to reflect the importance of proactively taking steps to keep crime at bay.

Last but not least, always remain vigilant and never take safety for granted.

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