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KUCHING, Dec 18: Tell the police if you are going away this festive season so the men in blue can keep an eye on your unoccupied houses.
Stressing the importance of crime prevention, State Deputy Police Commissioner Datuk Pahlawan Mohd Dzuraidi Ibrahim said that the police had successfully kept all unoccupied houses safe from any incidents after the owners had registered with the police.
“Tell your neighbours and inform the nearest police station by filling a form,” he said at the launch of “Ops Selamat Christmas” at Batu Kawah E-mart here today.
He urged the public to make use of police services to ensure that their property and belongings are safe while they are far from home this coming festive season.
Without disclosing any statistics of those who had previously signed up for the services, Dzuraidi said that the response was very good and members of the public may also register online at their official website.
Other than increasing patrols at the unoccupied houses, the police also advise members of the public to cancel their newspaper delivery subscription when they are away, make sure all doors are locked without leaving any keys hidden somewhere, turn on a light and install a good alarm system.
About 750 police officers and policemen from the state police headquarters will be involved in Ops Selamat Christmas to make sure homes are safe, in addition to road safety across the whole of Sarawak.
Other than houses’ safety and road safety, the police in their overall enforcement effort will also look into river travel safety where boat express operators and passengers are urged to follow safety precautions.
The focus will be on ‘black spot’ areas and crime hotspots where house break-ins often happen.
“Plan your journey, follow rules and make sure your vehicles are in good condition,” he added.
The police launched ‘Ops Selamat Christmas’ to create awareness on road safety during the festive season. It starts today until Jan 1, 2018 for a duration of 15 days.
The Ops Selamat last year during Christmas had recorded 14 fatal accidents while Ops Selamat 2015 registered 11 fatal accidents. — DayakDaily