Crime index for 2022 in Sibu shows improvement, says district police chief

Zulkipli (right) presenting a recognition certificate to an officer at the parade.

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SIBU, Jan 17: The crime situation here has improved in 2022 as compared to previous years, says Sibu district police chief ACP Zulkipli Suhaili.

Zulkipli attributed this to the strong commitment of the police force and the cooperation from the public in the fight against crime.

“I am very proud of the excellent work shown by everyone in maintaining the sustainability of well-being, order and harmony in society.

“For example, you have shown unwavering discipline and commitment in the assignment of the 15th General Election and as a result we managed to maintain a safe and peaceful atmosphere throughout the period,” said Zulkipli at the Sibu Police January 2023 parade today.

He said they had achieved their KPI (key performance index) set for 2022.

Zulkipli explained that for the crime index, about 438 cases were reported in 2022 as compared to 534 in 2021, a decrease of 96 cases or 17.98 per cent.

As for violent crime, for the whole of last year, 48 cases were reported as compared with 56 the previous year, a decrease of eight cases.

A total of 390 property crimes were reported in 2022 against 478 in 2021, a decrease of 88 cases or 18.41 per cent.

“In an effort to combat the drug menace in this district, in 2022 a total of 887 people were arrested, compared to 594 people in 2021. This shows an increase of 293 arrests. The amount of drug seizures in 2022 also shows an increase, which is RM 1,569,277 compared to RM364,786.85 in 2021. Therefore, this year we will continue to work hard to improve arrests and operations to combat this activity,” he said.

However, the district reported an increase in commercial crime of 10.47 per cent. In 2021 the number of cases were 359 against 443 last year.

The number of people arrested in 2022 was 441, as compared to 152 in 2021.

Zulkipli said losses reported last year was RM7.5 million against RM11.6 million the previous year, an increase of 30 per cent.

“The reduction in the amount of losses is translated as a result of our efforts to bring awareness to the community either through awareness talks, media sharing, information through the omnipresent campaign, and other campaigns especially fraud crimes such as parcel scams, love scams, non-existent loans, and others,” said Zulkipli.

As for road accidents, he said a total of 1,766 cases were reported last year against 1,332 in 2021.

A total of 48 people lost their lives in road accidents in 2022 as compared to 30 the previous year. — DayakDaily