KUALA LUMPUR: The number of crimes dropped 11.7 per cent in 2017 from the previous year, says Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamed Fuzi Harun.
He said violent crimes dropped by 960 cases or 4.3 per cent, while property crimes by 12,226 cases or 13.6 per cent.
“Based on the threshold set, the crime index showed a drop of 9.7 per cent from January to March 15 this year while violent crimes dropped by 16.2 per cent and property crimes by 7.9 per cent,” he said at the 211th Police Day parade here yesterday.
But Fuzi said the fear of crime phenomenon continued to grip the public, and police would hold more community programmes.
On the preparations for the coming general election, he said police have drawn up strategic programmes since last year.
“This includes the initiative of the Bukit Aman Internal Security and Public Order Department in conducting GE14 simulation exercises throughout the country,” he said.
Meanwhile, Fuzi said police arrested 389 people suspected of IS-related activities in the five-year period since 2013, including six Malaysians arrested recently for allegedly planning to attack non-Muslim houses of worship and abduct and kill policemen.
The latest to be arrested were six Malaysians, on Feb 27 this year, and a Filipino national, on March 15.
“The Malaysian suspects were allegedly planning to launch attacks on non-Muslim houses of worship and abduct and kill policemen. The Filipino national is wanted by the Philippine authorities for having been involved in cases of kidnapping for ransom and several murder attempts,” he said. – Bernama