Police: Housebreaking, petty theft cases have slightly spiked in S’wak

Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail (center) speaking to reporters during a press conference held at the officer's mess hall in IPK Sarawak, while Deputy Commissioner Police Datuk Fisol Salleh (right) and CID chief SAC Mat Zani (left) look on.

KUCHING, Nov 27: Crime cases involving housebreaking and theft show a slight increase in the number of cases throughout the state recently, said Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail.

According to Aidi, most of the cases occurred in Kuching, Sibu, Miri, Bintulu and Miri involving an unoccupied house.

“Although it does not involve big losses, it is still a crime. However, I am confident that the new Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief SAC Mat Zani, would be able to come out with a solution or a special team to handle this matter,” he said

Aidi told this to reporters during a press conference held after attending the handing over of duty ceremony between CID acting chief ACP Zulfikar Mohd Ghazali and SAC Mat Zani, at the officer’s mess hall in Sarawak Police Contingent headquarters (IPK Sarawak), today.

Aidi noted, other crime index cases such as auto-theft and violent crimes also show a decline in the number of cases.

Apart from that, he said, the police would also continue their efforts to eradicate illegal online gambling activities, including other cases such as illegal lotteries and many others.

“For other index cases in Sarawak, on average, are under control” he added.

At the same time, Aidi disclosed the police have also identified the areas in the border and also the state’s water (and ports) that are being used as smuggling routes.

He said the smuggling cases mostly happened in the border areas, and so far no threat involving armed smugglers.

“However, we will not take this matter lightly, like what happened at the Malaysia-Thailand border. We will ensure that our personnel are well equipped and prepared to face any situation and threat,” he said. –DayakDaily.