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Bike thefts, sexual assault top car park crimes list

Khalid praised shopping mall operators that took added steps to boost security in their car parks. — File picKhalid praised shopping mall operators that took added steps to boost security in their car parks. — File picPETALING JAYA, July 13 — Motorcycle thefts are the most recorded criminal activities recorded at parking areas of shopping centres, with 115 cases reported last year.

Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said this was followed by 44 cases of sexual violations, robbery without firearms (10) and eight case of snatch theft.

“From January to June this year, there were 54 cases of motorcycle thefts, 17 cases of sexual violation, six cases of robbery without firearms and four cases of snatch thefts,” he told reporters after a dialogue session with representatives of Complexes Management Association (PPK) at the Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre here today.

The dialogue session was attended by more than 300 PPK members who discussed the issue of security at shopping centres and the measures taken to reduce crimes.

Khalid said shopping centre operators should give emphasis on the importance to raise the level of security in such areas as an effort to fight criminal incidents around shopping centres, especially at the parking area.

He said regular sessions should be held with shopping centre managements to channel the latest developments on security at shopping centres.

Khalid said shopping centre operators had been urged to emulate the initiative taken by the Sunway Pyramid shopping centre in its effort to improve security in the parking areas.

“With 200 panic buttons and more than 400 closed circuit televisions (CCTV) installed in parking lots complemented by security guards on motorcycles and bicycles, it gives added confidence to the public.

At the dialogue, Khalid said shopping centre operators welcomed the proposal of Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein to station voluntary personnel such as People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela) members at shopping centres. — Bernama

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