INCREASING PRESENCE:Residents urge the police to set up more beat bases and increase patrols in the neighbourhood
RESIDENTS of Taman Kepong want greater police presence in their neighbourhood.
They are worried over the increasing number of crime cases such as snatch thefts, property thefts and break-ins in the area. To help curb this, they urge the police to set up more mobile beat bases and conduct 24-hour patrols.
Housewife How Lai See, 45, said within a week she fell victim to snatch thieves twice.
How said she could not identify the suspects as they were both wearing full-faced helmets and had crept up on her from behind.
"The incident happened about 4pm as I was driving home after doing my shopping.
"I believe these men followed me. As soon as I reached home, one of them grabbed hold of my handbag.
"I tried to fight back but the accomplice hit me hard with his helmet. I fell unconscious.
"All my belongings in the bag such as debit cards, a handphone, identity card, driving licence and RM150 were gone," said How, who lives in Jalan Kuang Gunung 3.
Another resident in Jalan Kuang Gunung, Siah Teong Hui, 45, said he was robbed at home three months ago.
He said about five men armed with parang entered his house in the afternoon.
"Fortunately, my neighbours spotted the robbers, so they were only here in my house for about six to seven minutes. And luckily, my family and I were not tied up.
"They ransacked the entire house, took everything, estimated to be around RM11,000 to RM12,000," said Siah, who works as an architect.
He hopes the police would conduct more frequent patrols to prevent such incidents from happening.
MCA Kepong Task Force leader Tan Kok Eng requested the police to set up more police beat bases in the area.
Tan said he and his team will soon be meeting City Hall to discuss the guarded and gated system, and the perimeter wall which the residents plan to build in the neighbourhood.
"We hope the police would consider putting up a police beat base and increase patrols. We believe with the presence of the police, crime cases here will decrease," he said.
Kepong police station Sergeant Major Zakaria Yahya said he would look into the residents' request.
He said the police will need to study the situation before making any decision. He advised residents to alert the police of any suspicious activities in the neighbourhood.
He advised the residents to secure their belongings and not to wear any jewellery when going out. He also urged them to be more aware of their surroundings, especially of motorcyclists.