KUCHING, Oct 23: Special Assistant to DAP Sarawak chairman Chong Chieng Jen, Julian Tan called for the public collaboration with the authority to combat the rampant criminal activity in Bintawa.
Julian in a press statement today, revealed that based on feedback on the ground in Bintawa, criminal cases had increased especially in the industrial area and causing significant loss to many.
“We appreciate the effort by the police to curb the problem with increased patrols but this is not enough.
“We need effective and strategic measures that will yield a better tangible outcome, that is to reduce the crime rate and put the perpetrators away. This collaborative effort requires commitment from the state government and all regulatory agencies,” he lamented.
Citing the problem of scrap metal theft, Julian pointed out this rampant activity is due to scrap metal dealers’ eagerness to buy the stolen property.
“They should reject if they suspect the scrap metals to be stolen.
“The provision under ‘Scrap metal dealers, Secondhand Dealers Act’ also requires licensed scrap metal dealers to record personal details of the sellers and items sold by them. They should immediately notify the police should they suspect the items offered to them were stolen goods.
He suggested that the local authorities also identify scrap metal dealers involved in buying stolen scrap metal.
“The community should also report to authorities those dealers who flout the law by not recording the sellers’ details. A great deal of research has shown that an increase in scrap metal theft resonates with weak enforcement.
“Due to tough economic conditions, petty crimes such as this increase, that is why we request the police to be vigilant and increase their patrol. The public is also advised to take security measures such as installing CCTV and alarm systems as a deterrent,” he added.
Julian encouraged the public to keep important phone numbers within easy reach to call during emergencies.
“They can reach out to Kuching Police Patrol at 082-244 444,” he said. –DayakDaily.