Burglary cases down but vigilance urged

Fatimah (centre) receiving a souvenir from SAC Lucas as Assistant Community Wellbeing Minister Datuk Francis Harden Hollis (second right), Sarawak Social Welfare Department director Noriah Ahmad (left), Sarawak Women and Family Department director Norita Bawi (right) and others look on. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: Burglary cases have declined this year; however, they are still a concern.

Sarawak Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief SAC Lukas Aket said the majority of the cases recorded in the state related to burglary.

“Compared to last year’s figures, burglary numbers are declining, however, this crime is still a concern among the community as it involved property.

“From January to June this year, CID recorded a total of 656 cases compared to last year’s 872 in the same period.

“Burglars targeted private homes (407 cases); other premises (146 cases); offices (84 cases); and factories (19 cases),” he told the media after paying a courtesy call on Sarawak Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah at Baitul Makmur II here on Tuesday (Aug 3).

He noted that majority of the cases involved minor thefts and committed by opportunists.

In addition, they happened during the day when the owners were at work or elsewhere.

Meanwhile, Fatimah advised the community to play their role by making sure that there was no opportunity for burglars to break into their homes by locking their doors, gates and windows properly.

On the overall crime index in Sarawak, she said the police recorded a total of 2,357 cases of property and violent crimes from January to June this year.

Compared to last year’s figures in the same period, 2,969 cases were recorded pointing to a decrease of 612 cases.

“Looking at the crime statistics, the department has given us input on sexual crimes involving child pregnancies, property crimes and domestic violence.

“The CID’s role is important as they give confidence to the community that sexual crime victims particularly, are given due defense and protection efficiently and accurately.

“Hence, we express our gratitude to the police for giving confidence to the public.”

Fatimah also urged the public to continue providing information to the police.

“With these important crime statistics, it also allows the ministry to create awareness as well as precaution measures on crimes.”