KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 8 (Bernama) -- Bandar Baru Ampang and the Ampang Point shopping complex are among the hot spots where most of the crimes such as snatch thefts, unarmed group robberies and unarmed robberies occurred, said Ampang Jaya police chief Abdul Jalil Hassan.
Police have deployed 120 General Operations Force personnel at three police beats in both areas to help in monitoring the areas.
"We have asked them to take turns to tackle crime by patrolling the areas on motorbikes or in police patrol cars. The public are advised not to panick when they see a group of police personnel," he told reporters after offiating Taman Pandan Indah (1) Cheras as an exemplary residential area, near here, Saturday.
He said, for the Ampang police station, the crime rate index from January to June this year showed there were 1,548 cases compared to 1,631 cases in the same period last year.
"Although the crime index in the area has dropped five percent or 83 cases compared to last year, the street crime involving snatch thefts and unarmed gang robbery had increased," said Abdul Jalil.
Snatch thefts recorded an increase of 51 cases to 169 cases compared to only 118 cases last year while unarmed gang robbery increased by 62 cases to 181 compared with 119 cases reported last year.
However, unarmed robbery for the first six months of this year showed a drop from 45 cases last year to 29 cases this year.
Abdul Jalil said, the figures for the three crimes were still high in Ampang and the police were making efforts to reduce the crime rate by 20 per cent by 2010 as one of the core in the National Key Result Areas (NKRA).
Meanwhile, the police had chosen Taman Pandan Indah as the first residential area that showed a drop to 0 per cent as there was no report on crime lodged at the police beat which was set up last month.