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PROACTIVE: Following a spate of crime in Tebing Tinggi, its Rukun Tetangga committee hopes to recruit 60 youths to join the patrolling unit

IPOH: RESIDENTS of Tebing Tinggi here are taking it upon themselves to protect their neighbourhood following a spate of crime in the area.

Tebing Tinggi Rukun Tetangga chairman Foong Chee San said it was reviving its patrolling unit.

"We are looking for young people to join us as the group of 35 people that we have now are quite old," he told the Streets team recently.

The Rukun Tetangga, formed in 2001, hopes to recruit at least 60 youths to join the patrolling unit.

It was reported recently that residents of Tebing Tinggi and its surrounding areas here were living in fear following the recent spate of burglaries in their neighbourhood.

At least 10 such cases have been reported in a month with house break-ins being the most frequently reported crime.

Foong said the plan was to have several teams of five members each patrolling the Tebing Tinggi area.

"The area targeted are Housing Trust, Jalan Kampar, Kuan Who Yuen, Taman Taiping and Happy Garden.

"They will go on their rounds on bicycles while armed with walkie-talkies and batons," he added.

Tebing Tinggi Barisan Nasional coordinator Tony Khoo urged young people to join the unit.

"Do your part to fight crime instead of complaining that the crime rate is going up," he said.

Wong Lek lost RM7,000 after thieves carted away his noodle-making machine at his home in Tebing Tinggi.

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