16,452 cases of housebreaking during MCO

August 10, 2022

House breaking cases in Malaysia

PETALING JAYA: A total of 16,452 cases of housebreaking were recorded by the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) during the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO) from March 18 last year until yesterday.

From that period, a total of 5,518 individuals were detained to assist investigations under Section 457 of the Penal Code.

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department Director, Datuk Seri Abd. Jalil Hassan said, of the total number of people arrested, 3,572 individuals were unemployed.

He said that his party found that the statistics for housebreaking offenses decreased by 21.2 percent (4,423) compared to the same period before the MCO was implemented, which was 20,875 cases.

“This situation is due to the effect of the implementation of the MCO with the presence of security forces and law enforcers carrying out regular patrols in many locations throughout the country thus reducing the space for criminal activities and preventing perpetrators from committing crimes.

“However, the crime of housebreaking is seen to increase slightly when conditions are relaxed during the Conditional Movement Control Order (PKPB) in stages from 4 May 2020 until 10 June 2020,” he said in a statement here today.

According to Abd. Jalil, at that time, a total of 1,167 cases were recorded compared to the same period before the PKPB which was 1,063 with an increase of approximately 104 cases (9.8 percent).

He explained that, in connection with that, his party requested every level of society to work together to curb crime in their respective communities.

“The public is reminded to always ensure that the house is locked even when inside the residence and be aware of the neighborhood environment in case there are suspicious individuals.

“Always be careful with individuals who come to the house for some business and if it looks suspicious, immediately report it to the police,” he said.

Abd. Jalil said, his party will continue to multiply efforts in monitoring and prevention of housebreaking crimes and request the public to channel information to curb this crime.

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