TWO-PRONGED APPROACH: State police aim to reduce festive road fatalities and lower crime index through Ops Selamat 1 and Safe Homes programmes
JOHOR BARU: THE Johor police will go all out this festive season to not only reduce road fatalities, but also the overall crime index as well.
This time, the Ops Selamat 1 campaign, which ends on Aug 26, will see police monitoring the traffic and undertaking the Safe Homes programme in residential areas.
Johor police chief Datuk Mokhtar Shariff said, as with any major festive celebrations, the state traffic police will be beefed up, with officers deployed to 35 known accident hotspots in the state.
"The campaign will include the cooperation of various government enforcement agencies such as the Road Transport Department (RTD), the Fire and Rescue Department, Civil Defence, People's Volunteer Corp (Rela), Public Land Transport Commission (SPAD) and highway concessionaires," he said recently.
"A total of 2,556 accident cases with 42 fatalities were reported last year," he said, adding that the authorities are confident of reducing the death toll this year.
The state's top cop reminded motorists rushing home for the Aidilfitri celebrations to drive safely and obey traffic regulations because the police would not hesitate to issue summonses for traffic offences.
On the Safe Homes programme, Mokhtar advised home owners going away on a holiday or balik kampung to register their homes at the nearest police station. He urged them to also make sure that their homes are locked and adequately lit in their absence.
It is learnt that all district police headquarters and the stations under their command have been put on the alert during the festive period.
General duty and plainclothes policemen will be increasing their patrols with the focus on preventing property crimes such as burglaries and break-ins as well as snatch thefts and street crime.