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5/20/2010 01:52 EST

Crime rate has been reduced significantly
The street crime rate and the crime rate index in Malaysia have fallen by thirty-nine percent, and fifteen percent respectively in the first quarter of the year.

This significant drop in crime goes well beyond the twenty percent and five percent target set by the end of the year.

Home Minister, Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein said this was not an easy task as the crime proved an escalating trend from 2006 to 2009 and initiatives had to be implemented with limited resources.

"We have reduced the crime rate better than our initial target. This shows that we have correctly identified crime hotspots and factors that caused the rise in crime," Hishamuddin said on Tuesday (18.05.2010) after attending the Home Ministry's monthly gathering and the launched of its 1KDN logo in Putrajaya.

Some 9,984 street crime cases and 52,987 total criminal cases were reported for the first quarter of 2009.

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala, who is also the chief executive officer of Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu), portrayed the reduction in crime rate as "phenomenal".

"What the police have done in the first quarter is beyond expectation. It is an outstanding achievement. We must give credit where credit is due," Idris said a press conference later. Crime reduction is part of the six National Key Result Areas.

Idris said that "14,444 police personnel and 3,160 Rela and Civil Defence personnel deployed to the fifty hotspots had caused a 'radical reduction' in crime rate, adding that five-hundred close-circuit television cameras would be installed at hotspots by the end of the year."

On the 1KDN logo and concept launch, Hishamuddin told that it was part of the ministry's fresh integrated approach to combat threats against national security.

Hishamuddin added "Plans, were also afoot to introduce new technologies and restructure the country's-intelligence and counter-intelligence to prevent important information from falling into the wrong hands, improve response time and eliminate any threat or crisis."

"Among the highlights would be human trafficking, drugs, terrorism and violence with community involved in fighting crime. More training would also be carried out to enhance skills."

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