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STOLEN:10 lamp posts carted away in one month at Metropolitan Lake Garden

JOGGERS at the Metropolitan Lake Garden in Kepong want the authorities to check the rampant theft of lamp posts in the park. Joggers claim that in a span of one month, 10 lamp posts have been sawn off at the base and carted away. The joggers believe that the theft could be the work of scrap metal dealers.

They are also worried about several exposed wires jutting out from the lamp posts around the park.

A jogger who declined to be named claimed that the culprits behind the thefts could be from the Jinjang squatter area.

"There are several openings into the park from the squatter area. We believe that's how they  got into the park," he said.

The joggers want all the openings   fenced up to prevent any untoward incident and theft.   

Thomas Wong, 25, who visits  the park on weekends, said  the safety of the joggers is important.

"The joggers are more afraid of snatch thefts than tripping in the dark while jogging. Some of my friends were victims of snatch thefts.

"We are now afraid to come here before dawn," he said.

Kepong Community Centre head Yee Poh Ping said a jogger saw the culprits carting away the lamp posts around 6am last week.

"It was too dark for the jogger to recognise the thieves, and he was too scared to approach them. Fearing for his safety he just continued jogging," he said.

Yee urged the authorities to protect the lamp posts.

"The thieves are daring because  some parts of the park are dark. If the area is brightly lit, then it might deter them," he said.

Yee suggested that  City Hall increase  patrols at the park in the mornings and evenings to prevent any untoward incidents.

He said the presence of  enforcement officers would help safeguard the joggers.

"City Hall should get its enforcement officers to patrol the lake garden every half an hour.

"They should also look into having three shifts of guards to patrol the area," he said.

Yee said  the authorities should take this matter seriously as it involves rate-payers' money.

"We have already informed City Hall's Landscape Department about the issue and we're waiting for a response from them," he said.

Apart from the stolen lamp posts and snatch thefts, car break-ins are now a common occurrence at the park.

Trader Mohd Norzi Noor, 39, said that every month there is at least two car break-ins at the lake garden.

"The culprits would come  to the car park  at about 8am and then  pretend to get ready to go jogging.

"Then they would prowl about the car park. The next thing we know, the car window are smashed and  the wallets and mobile phones  stolen," he said.

Norzi added that most of the break-ins usually happen on weekends, when there are a lot of vehicles at the lake garden.

Jogger Thomas Wong (left) and Kepong Community Centre head Yee Poh Ping showing the exposed wires of a sawn-off lamp post in Metropolitan Lake Garden, Kepong. Pic by Syawan Afifi Ismail


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