Number of crimes rises in Kuala Belait

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BELAIT

THE Belait police are pushing the neighbourhood watch to start daytime patrols in a bid to reduce the number of crimes in the district.

Superintendent Ariffin Hj Jafaruddin, officer-in-command of Belait Police District, said the move to introduce daytime patrols aimed to address property-related crimes, especially theft.

Statistics released by the Belait police yesterday showed that Kuala Belait recorded an eight per cent rise in crimes during the first three quarters of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014.

A total of 217 property-related offences were recorded from January to September last year, as opposed to 202 in 2014.

Meanwhile, 41 cases of body harm were documented in the first three quarters of 2015, up from 36 in the same period of 2014.

Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting with grassroots leaders at the Belait police headquarters in Panaga yesterday, Superintendent Ariffin said the neighbourhood watch did not manage to catch any thieves during night patrols in Belait.

However, the crime watch had caught men and women consuming alcohol and found empty cans of alcohol in some areas.

He said operational matters such as targeted areas of patrol and other crime prevention activities would usually depend on the officers in command of police stations.

Superintendent Ariffin added that the targeted areas for patrol in Belait include housing areas, especially empty homes where owners have left to work in the capital.

He said the Belait police have asked grassroots leaders to inform them of empty houses in their villages to improve the security patrols.

Figures from the Belait police also showed a 39 per cent decline in crimes in Seria, with a total of 86 cases compared to 142 last year.

Sungai Liang also reported a decrease of about 11 per cent, with 97 cases compared to 109 from January to September in 2014.

Labi recorded only four crimes from January to September last year as opposed to 24 in 2014.

The Brunei Times