MACHANG:Statistics showed a drop in the number of criminal cases in Kelantan, but the police are concerned with the increase in cases involving serious crimes, especially involving students.

Kelantan deputy police chief SAC Datuk Mazlan Lazim said drug syndicates were targetting on students to become traffickers and peddlers.

Five of the 38 criminal cases involving students that were investigated between January and April this year were for drug trafficking, he told reporters after closing

the annual training camp for the Kelantan Police Cadet Corp at Jeram Linang here today.

He said the other cases involved motorcycle theft, house breaking and sexual offences.

As part of the effort to address the problem of students' involvement in crime, he said, the police would reactivate the crime prevention club at schools.

This would be carried out with the participation of all quarters, including parents and teachers, he added.-- BERNAMA