Police make their presence felt

THE Bandar Bukit Puchong police has taken proactive measures to combat crime in Bandar Puteri.

Since Aug 5, two makeshift police booths have been erected at the junction of Jalan Puteri 1/1 and Jalan Puteri1/6 (next to Giant Hypermarket), and Jalan Puteri 5/2.

Both are in busy commercial areas where crime is rampant.

According to Chief Inspector Basri Sagoni of the Bukit Puchong police station, the nationwide effort was in response to the National Key Result Areas (NKRAs) announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, one of which specified the reduction of street crime (including snatch thefts and unarmed robbery) by 20% by the end of 2010.

Apart from establishing a police presence in the crime hotspots, the booths also allow the public to approach the police easily for help.

“The police officers are stationed there 24 hours, in three shifts - 8am to 4pm, 4pm to midnight and midnight to 8am,” Basri said.

He added that there were more officers patrolling the streets.

However, the booths will be removed after a certain period of time.

Selangor MCA Youth Chief Dr Kow Cheong Wei welcomed the move as it instilled confidence in the public who visited the areas.

“The traffic in Bandar Puteri 1 is quite messy, providing opportunities to snatch thieves to prey on defenceless victims.

“The police presence will definitely deter them from commiting crime,” he said.

Kow added that he had even received enquiries from business communities in Puchong Jaya and Puchong Perdana to help them apply for similar booths in their areas to curb crime.