KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 2011 (Bernama) -- The government gained plenty of ground last year in its quest to reduce crime, thanks to the National Key Result Areas (NKRA) initiative, but more should be done to keep the momentum going, analysts said.
Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said addressing drug problems among the society would be one of the measures the government could take.
Drug abuse, he said, was the root cause of many of the crime cases.
"When there are many drug addicts, there will be more crime incidents. I hope the government will take steps to tackle this problem," he said.
He also called for collaboration between the government and non-governmental organisations to promote crime prevention awareness among them.
"By doing this, the society will become more knowledgeable about how to protect themselves and increase their awareness about the need to be cautious at all times so as not to become victims," he told Bernama.
Police should also forge close relations with the society so that the people would be more forthcoming in reporting crimes and in becoming the eyes and ears of the authorities.
Crime analyst Kamal Affandi Hashim said the government should invest in providing better facilities to police personnel either in terms of logistics or welfare.
He also felt that the number of patrol cars at the moment were insufficient.
Street crime dipped drastically by 13,193 cases or 35 per cent from 38,090 cases in 2009 to 24,837 cases last year.
Index crime cases showed a 15 per cent drop, from 209,187 in 2009 to 177,520 last year.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said the ministry had surpassed its target of reducing the index crime by five per cent and street crime by 20 per cent.
Brickfields Ex-Policemen Association president Raja Shah Aminuddin Raja Shahminan said police should carry out more daytime patrols especially in areas where there were no Rukun Tetangga (neighbourhood watch) scheme.
"Crime normally happens during daytime because people are out at work and there will be no one at home," he said.