SECURITY measures implemented by the Ipoh City Council last year to make the city a safer place have started to produce the desired results.
Compared to 116 snatch theft cases recorded in 2010, the number of reported cases declined to only 59 last year.
Reflecting a drop of 49 per cent over the previous year, Ipoh mayor Datuk Roshidi Hashim said the measures adopted by the city council with the cooperation of the Home Ministry and the Local Government and Housing Ministry were paying off.
Under the Safe City Programme, the city council was allocated RM1.5 million last year to put in place means to deter criminals.
Among the measures taken were installing guard rails on pavements, surveillance security mirrors and secured motorcycle parking bays.
Roshidi said motorcycle and car thefts dropped by 17 per cent and nine per cent, respectively last year compared with 2010.
"The measures implemented does not include the installation of close-circuit television or CCTVs in strategic spots to deter criminals.
"All these means have showed positive results in reducing crime rate within the city area," he said, adding that the largest drop could were in snatch theft cases.
Realising the benefits of the simple measures, Roshidi said the city council had asked for RM2.2 million to continue with its safe city efforts for this year.
He said more guard rails would be installed on pavements, including erecting billboards in 18 hotspots, which have been identified as crime prone areas.
The Safe City Programme is an initiative headed by the Town and Country Planning Department.
Roshidi said the initiative was in line with the Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (Cetped) programme, which is being implemented by cities around the globe.
"Wherever Cetped is in place, a drastic reduction in crime rate has been recorded. Similarly for Ipoh, we hope the measures taken will continue to produce encouraging results in the long run."