I WAS pleased to read the report, "More steps to further reduce crime" (NST, July 12). Thank you, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, for these efforts.
I know you and the police are doing what you can to mitigate crime. We have to do something as the incidences of crime are not at an acceptable level.
Last year, street crime decreased by 39.7 per cent compared with 35 per cent in 2010. While that is good, we need to do more. We must beat crime.
And the fight against crime is a common, shared responsibility. The public must assist the police.
As a community, we are all responsible for fighting crime and tackling social ills.
Community involvement in the fight against crime is essential in any civil society.
Law enforcers patrol areas periodically but they cannot possibly be everywhere, watching everything!
It is the members of the community who can best identify the problems they face, the dangers that lurk in their neighbourhoods, the suspicious characters and the threats to their security.
Let us take on this challenge of playing our part in the fight against crime.
As members of a community, we each have a responsibility to our neighbour. We have to play a part to ensure that our neighbour, our housing area and our society are safe.
We have to be the eyes and the ears of the force.
There will be times when the security force cannot be at a certain place. We have to provide them with the relevant information and report suspicious behaviour.
Fighting crime is a concerted effort. Not only do we have to nurture our future generation to be law-abiding citizens, we also have to take an active stand against crime and criminal elements.