Bintulu police chief Supt. Madang Usat present monthly 'certificate of excellent service' to Const. Norwe of Bintulu District police office.

Bintulu recorded a total of 85 road accidents in Ops Sikap during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration.

There was no report of any fatality throughout the operation and out of the 85 cases there was only one case with minor injury, according to police chief Supt Madang Usat during Bintulu district police’s monthly assembly yesterday.

He said a total of 785 summonses were issued, 506 of them for offences under Section 170A Road Transport Act, and 259 issued under Section 257 of the same act.

This year, a total of 814 cases of violent and property crimes were recorded here, an increase of 114 cases against last year’s (700 cases), he said.

However, the number of crime cases solved were markedly higher at 382 cases this year compared to 301 cases last year.

Burglary and motor vehicle thefts were among the most common of crime cases reported here this year.

To combat these crimes, Supt Madang said the police implemented several preventive measures, including educational ones.

Police said they were patrolling housing and commercial areas more frequently.

This also involved places where crimes were higher over the past several months.

Under the “umbrella concept”, continuous presence of police at several hot spots; increase in frequency of patrols, and public cooperation, the crime rate here could be lowered, Supt Madang said.

He also said the Marine police and General Operations Force had boosted the manpower of Bintulu police.

“Once in every three weeks, Miri General Operations Force come here to help us with public policing,” he said.

“We have also mobilised all local police units, including those usually doing desk jobs, to go out to the street.”

Supt Madang said the police could only do so much, and without public help and cooperation would find it difficult to reduce the number of crimes in Bintulu.

“Don’t leave your gates and houses unlocked, and properties left unattended. Light your back lanes to prevent burglary,” he said.

“Work together with the police to ensure that Bintulu remains safe and peaceful for us to live in.”