Do not be afraid to report crimes: RBPF

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

MEMBERS of the public should not be afraid to file police reports when witnessing suspicious activities.

Hj Md Noor Hj Abd Rahman, acting Head of Public Relations Unit (PRO) of the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) said yesterday that filing police reports could assist police in investigations.

The PRO was responding to distressed civilians who shared their experience with The Brunei Times after witnessing episodes of criminal activities within the vicinity.

Altco Parking Company parking attendant, Md Hasmi Si Haji, saw a person break into a victim’s car and took the belongings inside the car. He never reported it to the police because of fear of becoming a witness.

“I’m afraid if I were to report it to the police, I would get into further trouble,” said the 19-year-old.

“Especially if the accused did not want to confess his crime,” he added.

E-ninety enterprise employee, Erosrosidah Maemunah, who lived with other five employees on the first floor of the building complex in Mentiri, shared that she heard a glass window shattered on the ground floor few months ago.

“I don’t know whether to contact the police or not,” she added.

In life threatening situation when a mugger happened to threaten a person’s life, it is advisable to follow the demand of the mugger for safety purposes.

“Try to keep calm as much as possible. After the situation is under control, try your best to contact the 993 hotline,” said Hj Md Noor.

The Royal Brunei Police Force has reminded members of the public to be extra vigilant when going out during this month of Ramadhan, especially when shopping in crowded areas.

“Business owners should also ensure their goods are not stolen and not be afraid to contact the police,” added Hj Md Noor.

“If you contact the police and the accused are charged, it will put a psychological impact on him and deter him from committing the crime again,” added Hj Md Noor.

The Brunei Times