Malaysia

IGP: Don’t rely on social media as only gauge of crime data

KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 — People must not rely on social media alone for crime data but rather reliable and certified sources.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Ismail Omar said crime data reported in social media was found to be data compiled from old crime statistics.

“Such data released via social media paints the country as a lawless nation although such data was actually old statistics.

“Before accepting such data as authentic, people must first check with the relevant authorities, especially police, to ensure such information or data was true,” he told reporters after a breaking-of-fast ceremony at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters here today.

“Why must we release data that can picture Malaysia as a country that is not safe? I hope such irresponsible reports will not be released on social media,” he said.

Data released by police on the crime index came under scrutiny by several quarters, who said the numbers were doctored and based that assumption on the number of crimes highlighted daily in the media and social networks.

Ismail Omar (picture) said as an effort to enhance crime prevention initiatives, 300 police officers from Bukit Aman have been deployed for patrolling duty at hot spots identified by the Selangor and Kuala Lumpur police. 

Police had recently announced that the national crime index had dropped by 11 per cent over the past two years and fresh initiatives were in the pipeline to combat crime. — Bernama

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