Residents of Ipoh Garden, Ipoh Garden East and South and Simee are appealing for the physical presence of police personnel in their housing areas to prevent crimes.
They claimed that the increasing number of house break-ins and snatch thefts are frightening housewives to even get out of the gates of their houses.
The residents were highlighting the crime rate at the dialogue with Ipoh police organized by the Ipoh East Gerakan branch at the Simee Community Hall last week.
Representing the police were DSP Mohd Yussuf and heak of the Bercham police station ASP Ahmad Hisyam. Also present was Ipoh Mayor Dato’ Haji Roshidi Hashim, Canning Councillor Ceylyn Tay, Cempaka Councillor Peter Choong and Perak Gerakan Chairman Dato’ Chang KoYoun and Gerakan committee member Vincent Hooi.
Dr Ng of Ipoh Garden South highlighted the frequent house break-ins through the roof and snatch thefts in his area and proposed that police introduce foot patrols to deter the frequent incidents of crimes.
Mr Robert Looi of Jalan Serindek Neighbourhood Watch also reported similar crimes at his neighbourhood and also proposed the presence of foot patrol or horse police presence.
He said even Catholic residents attending morning masses at the church in Ipoh Garden had their car windows smashed.
Replying to ASP Ahmad Hisyam on the initiatives implemented by police such as patrol cars and the like, Looi who retired from the police force, said the measures implemented were “practical but not effective in deterring crime”.
A visibly disgruntled resident was retired army officer Major Govinda Raj from Ipoh East who lamented that Indian women were afraid to wear their gold thalis for fear of being snatched and robbed. His statement was seconded by a Simee Rukun Tetangga committee member, Govinda, who had served as a peacekeeper abroad, further remarked that “we could chase out communists but can’t seem to tackle petty criminals”.
Another Ipoh East resident Aloysius Pereria suggested that where incidents of petty crime was high to assign plain clothes policemen. Even Gerakan politician Vincent Hooi made a suggestion that since police had a manpower shortage to request the services of the FRU.
Canning residents that have issues to highlight for their area are advised to call their local Councillor Ceylyn Tay at 012-4681818.