KUCHING: Sarawak police have succeeded in reducing the state’s crime index by 26.28 per cent in 2021, says Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail.
He added that the reduction of 1,575 crime cases, however, was still below the threshold set by Bukit Aman (Royal Malaysian Police HQ) of 6,082.
“The Sarawak Commercial Crime Investigation Department, for the period of January to December 2020, recorded 1,462 cases compared to 2,816 in 2021, an increase of 92.61 per cent.
“The Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department as a whole showed a decrease in arrests made – 6,607 in 2021, compared to 10,294 in 2020. A comparison of seizures in 2021 showed an increase from RM15,233,577.06 to RM19,867,306.64.
“Road accident cases also showed a decrease for the same period of 1,907 cases or 11.8 per cent from 16,152 cases to 14,245 in 2021.
“Cases of corruption misconduct or involving misconduct of members and police officers recorded a total of 140, namely 97 cases related to integrity, three miscellaneous cases, six corruption cases, 20 crime cases, and 12 drug cases,” he said at the Sarawak Police Contingent headquarters here on Thursday (Jan 13).
Overall, he said police managed to reduce the narcotics crime index rate and road accident case rate in 2021.
However, he noted that commercial crime cases were still an issue in the state.
He stressed that crime-fighting initiatives and efforts would be further enhanced to curb cases involving commercial crime.