Friday, November 14, 2008

Residents want police presence at vacant beat base

The Star Metro Tuesday November 11, 2008. By JAYAGANDI JAYARAJ

FOR almost two years, the police beat base at the Bandar Manjalara Sector 62 in Kepong has not been manned by any police personnel.

And the residents are seeking co-operation from the police to provide the personnel.

The beat base in Jalan 3/62 was built upon the police’s request by the Bandar Manjalara Residents Association through funding from the former Segambut MP Dr Tan Kee Kwong.

However, the building has not been in use ever since it was built. Resident Simon Loong, 55, said the need for the beat base came due to the alarming crime rate in the area.

A waste: The residents and Lim (fifth from right) posing in front of the beat base.

Loong said after a discussion with the police, the police had requested for a beat base to make it easier for them to keep tab of the crime rate in the area.

“The crime rate in this area is alarming. There have been cases of break-ins, snatch thefts and car thefts in this area for many years.

“Before the residents association started the security guards system, I can say there were about 30 crime cases in a month.

“Last month alone, there were four cases and the residents are living in fear.
“That’s why we need the police presence here because we have done what we can,” he said in a press conferenceon Saturday.

Also present was Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng.

Lim said he wrote a letter to the Sentul police station in September requesting for police patrol in the area with regards to the unused beat base but have received no answers for them.

“There are 90,000 people in the police force in the country, including Sabah and Sarawak and of that, about 30,000 are based in Bukit Aman alone which is within the Segambut area.

“So technically there shouldn’t be any complaints from the police saying they are lacking in manpower especially in this area,” said Lim.

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