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PETALING JAYA: Public cooperation is lacking in the fight against crime, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said yesterday.
He said the days of only police being responsible for fighting crime was over.
“We live in different times. The landscape and challenges have changed.
“Everybody has to play a part in ensuring the country’s security,” he said after attending the district’s Safe House campaign yesterday.
He was speaking about his ministry's efforts to get the public involved in tackling crime.
"Criminals are colour blind. They don't care about the victim's race or religion. They target anyone. That is why fighting crime should be a collective effort."
He said despite efforts to get the public involved, cooperation was lacking.
"I believe this is because of the mindset of the public, who believe that only the police should be responsible."
He said despite this setback, police were optimistic that in due time, the public would realise the important role they could play.
He instructed his officers to review initiatives, such as Rakan Cop, Talian Nur, MyDistress, volunteer patrol schemes and other programmes, to fight crime.
"It they are not effective, then we will try other methods.
"We need to know what works and what needs improvements to achieve our National Key Result Areas (NKRA) anti-crime targets."
He said he expected to be briefed on the review after Hari Raya.
He said he hoped the efforts to reduce crime would not be politicised and ridiculed.
He was in Jalan SS24/10, Kelana Jaya, yesterday, where he urged residents to register their names with police if they were going to leave town during the festive period.
Police would then know which homes to monitor, he said.
Police gave out registration forms to residents.