THE report, "Fear lingers where the crime occurs", published in the New Sunday Times a week ago, opened up the minds of many readers and made us think just how safe and secure we are.
How safe are things despite the crime index showing an impressive reduction for the second year?
Of course, as responsible and concerned citizens, we ought to thank the authorities for having taken initiatives to combat crime.
However, much more needs to and can be done to improve the situation and create a better, safer and healthier society.
And there is the burning and disturbing question why many Malaysians live in fear of becoming a victim of criminals?
Malaysia has grown and progressed tremendously and is one of the fastest developing and most vibrant economies in Asia and the world.
Sadly, development has come with a heavy price.
Hardly a day passes without robberies, murders and rapes occurring.
Many of these incidents can be prevented.
Crimes have become a serious problem and if not rectified, they can hamper our aspiration to become a developed nation by 2020.
According to experts, crime takes place because of changes in and weakening of social and family values, family break-ups, domestic violence, unemployment, economic hardship, drugs, negative influences, poverty, ignorance, arrogance, lack of policing and enforcement, weaknesses in the education system and imbalance between material and spiritual development.
The situation is made worse by people's tidak apa attitude.
In view of this, I think it is time that the government takes steps to introduce safety education and sex education in schools and impose harsher punishment on criminals.
Safety and security should be part of our culture and this will do us a lot of good.