Jobless behind most crimes in Liang, Lumut

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TWELVE out the 13 arrested by the Sg Liang Police Station so far this year for crimes in the Liang and Lumut area have been unemployed males.

Sergeant Hj Azlan Hj Assim from the Sg Liang Police Station yesterday said that the majority of the alleged criminals were between ages 25 and 36, five were above 36 years of age and two below 25.

The sergeant said that this trend was not new, and claimed that people facing financial problems are more likely to turn to crime. This is however the first year that all but one of those arrested are unemployed.

“The other remaining person who we arrested was a student; so far this year we have not recorded crimes committed by those who are employed,” said Hj Azlan, who noted that in previous years those in employment made up a minority of offenders.

During his presentation to 30 newly-appointed members of the neighbourhood watches of Liang and Lumut yesterday, he said that the hot spots for criminal activity are the National Housing Scheme in Lumut located opposite the bypass leading to Seria, as well as three villages located closer to Belait's coastline.

“Kg Sg Bakong, Kg Sg Tali and Kg Sg Taring which are nearer to the Lumut jetty have also been identified as hot spots based on our records,” he said.

Selective roadblocks, foot and car patrols, joint operations with other enforcement agencies and community policing have been the core crime prevention strategies employed by the station.

“Certainly the field of community policing has received a huge boost since the neighbourhood watch was revived at the end of last year,” he said.

For the neighbourhood watch to be effective, a productive relationship between the enlisted citizens and the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) has to be established, which can be fostered through regular joint patrols.

Meanwhile traffic accidents under the jurisdiction of the Sg Liang Police Station in 2015 have charted an increase compared to the year prior, with January to September already recording 131 cases, up from 79 over the same period in 2014. “Thankfully there have been no traffic fatalities in the area despite the overall increase.”

The Brunei Times