Crime Detection and Prevention

I'm sick to the bone knowing how adults are driven to harm and instill fear in children. The recent Sharlinie case has got me agitated. I hate it that everyone is helpless, unable to locate the 5 year old child. Sharlinie was abducted from a playground 200m from her house in Taman Medan, between Old Klang Road and Sunway. The nation is outraged and massive searches are happening to locate her. A photofit of the abductor was issued recently. Look below.

Just last August, a girl was kidnapped and later found in a sports bag dead and sexually abused.

We have to put a stop to such crimes. These criminals are obviously mentally unsound, in need of help. There's a lot more we can do to curb the problem.

1. Parents need to believe that bad things can happen to their children. When people think 'it will never happen to them', they set their loved ones up for trouble. Complacency sets in once the media stops broadcasting a case or story. Life goes back to normal. Safety measures and urgency for prevention gets side lined. Negligence is a consequence of such thinking.

On one hand, some families (lower income bracket) have no other choice but to leave their kids on their own as both parents strive to make ends meet. Negligence now is an economic problem. When companies deprive their workers from caring for their family's welfare, regulations should ensure that these allowances are granted (whether in monetary terms or in time and expectations).

2. Crime Prevention through Environmental Design.
In Malaysia, a lot of our architectural planning lacks common sense and intelligence. In a local hypermarket in Kelana Jaya, I'm appalled at how the restrooms for both men and women are side by side, in the corner of the mall, separated from the centre of activity by a 15m long (almost winding) narrow passage. Hardly any CCTVs monitoring movement to and from the restrooms. These are designs that fail to prevent crime.

The municipal council should evaluate all public areas and start thinking and correcting venues with blindspots. No place in town is too insignificant for a makeover with features to prevent crime. If we value life and people's safety (namely children), we can plan not to send the next astro/cosmonaut into space and use the funding for more down-to-earth needs.

Now, crime prevention is not only a necessity but an urgency.

3. Stricter enforcement.
When the authorities do not send a loud and clear message to offenders of any kind, criminals and law-breakers have no qualms about committing crime. After all, they may not get caught, and even if they do, there's always 'a way out'.

Government, Police force and municipal council should make sure that the law is ministered without compromise. Take Singapore for example. Their enforcement does impact crime rates.
Because Malaysia's population is larger, more needs to be done - consistently.

Enforcers need to recognise the big picture of crime reduction. They have to believe that their small initiative to administer justice according to the law will have a big impact on the country. Bribes and short cuts therefore must be avoided. If paper work is overwhelming, think of revamping bureaucracies within the organisation.

Everyone is responsible for the crime reduction in the country.


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