By Brad Rantayy
MIRI, Sept 21: The crime index in Miri District from January to August this year, showed a 51 per cent decline compared to the corresponding period last year, says Miri District police chief ACP Alexson Naga Chabu today.
“This year, for that period of eight months, a total of 157 property cases were reported, compared to 342 in the previous year,” he disclosed during the Miri Police Headquarters monthly assembly this morning.
During the assembly, a total of 13 police personnel from various ranks received certificates of appreciation for their part in solving crimes.
Alexson also presented a certificate of appreciation to John Zai, 36, a cook, who helped the police in the arrest of a snatcher at Taman Tunku on September 12 this year.
John foiled the snatch attempt which occurred inside his eatery around 11am that day, whereby the victim was his mother’s friend.
Meanwhile, Alexson revealed that for violent crime, a total of 40 cases was recorded, a drop of 22 cases compared to the corresponding period last year.
In Ops Dadu (gambling activities), a total of 206 raids were successfully carried out by Miri police.
“Electricity supply to these premises was cut off and those arrested during the operation have been charged in court,” he said.
Alexson added, that the operation is ongoing as part of efforts to stamp out illegal gambling in the city.
On another note, with the 15th General Election approaching, Alexson said like other enforcement agencies, they are always ready to make sure security will not be compromised.
“We do not have an exact date for the election but it important the police are prepared,” he said.
Also present at the Miri IPD monthly assembly was Miri Deputy Police chief Supt Mohd Sabri Zainol. — DayakDaily