Published: Wednesday September 21, 2011 MYT 5:07:00 PM
Crimes involving school students worrying

TEMERLOH: Violent and property crimes involving school students in Malaysia are a cause for concern, despite a drop in such cases compared with the previous year.

Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said 741 cases were registered during the first half of this year.

“From January until June 2010, 761 cases involving violent and property crimes were recorded but the cases dropped 2.6% during the same period this year,” he told reporters after a working visit to the Temerloh Police Headquarters to discuss the launch of the state-level Crime Prevention Day, here Wednesday.

He said the number of such crimes committed by teenagers who were not schooling was 1,142 cases between January and June 2010, and rose to 1,420 cases during the same period this year.

Lee said all quarters, especially parents, must play a role in tackling this problem.

“We also hope that crime prevention campaigns will instil values and strengthen culture as well as family institutions among youths,” he said. – Bernama