Police: Reduced crime cases in Padawan

MERVIN (left) presents certificate of appreciation to one of the recipients during IPD Padawan monthly assembly held at IPD Padawan Headquarters.
MERVIN (left) presents certificate of appreciation to one of the recipients during IPD Padawan monthly assembly held at IPD Padawan Headquarters.

KUCHING: Padawan district police headquarters (IPD Padawan) recorded a decline in crime cases for 2018 compared to last year.

Padawan District police deputy chief DSP Mervin Lisa said that crime cases in Padawan area were under control and the statistics showed a reduced number of cases.

He said it was a proud achievement for IPD Padawan, dding it a combined effort from all elements, comprising the Crime Investigation Department (CID), together with others departments in ensuring that the situation was under control.

“Compared to 2017, where IPD Padawan recorded a total of 874 cases, this year we have recorded 754 cases as of December 2018.

“This shows a decrease of 120 cases  (13.73 percent) compared to last year,” said Mervin.

He told this to reporters after the IPD Padawan monthly assembly held at IPD Padawan headquarters yesterday.

It is impossible to totally eradicate the crime cases as there are many factors contributing to them, Mervin said.

“For me, to totally eradicate the crimes is impossible as the social economy, migration of individuals from the rural to the city area also contribute to the statistics.

“But PDRM will ensure that crime can be prevented through various community policing activities and programmes,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mervin also disclosed that a total of 438 arrests were made in 2018 by IPD Padawan under the Ops Dadu implemented from January until December 15.

“As of 15 December, police here have opened a total of 359 cases with 130 individuals convicted, while the others are still under investigation under Section 4A(a) and 4B(a) of the Common Gaming House Act 1953,” said Mervin, adding, 256 males and 182 females were arrested during the operations.