Help cops keep west bank free of crime, Sibu folk urged

Ling (seated, third left) and team members in a photo with Sibu police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit (seated, third right) and other police officials after a dialogue session.

KUCHING, March 8: Residents around the west bank in Sibu have been urged to come forward with information or lodge police reports of crime cases to help the authority combat escalating crime in the area.

Sibu MP Oscar Ling revealed in a press release today that two recent burglaries had sounded the security alarm at the west bank, especially in Sungai Bidut.

Concerned about the safety issue of the area, he initiated a dialogue session with Sibu District Police Department last week to tackle the problem.

“Police crime statistics based on reported cases is low, but I believe the statistics did not reflect the real situation at the west bank now. Possible reason is that residents at the west bank are reluctant to report crime cases,” he reckoned.

While police have started patrolling the west bank thrice daily, Ling, however, warned that it would not help much if residents were not cooperative during crime scene investigation.

He also proposed to install CCTVs to guard the property and safety of residents.

“Police welcome the proposal and have suggested few strategic areas to install the CCTVs,'” he said.

Ling and his team visited those proposed areas for the CCTV installation and hope once the CCTVs were up, it will help enhance safety and security at the west bank.

He reiterated that cooperation and information sharing with police were keys to combat crime. — DayakDaily