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Combating Crime Against Businesses Vital
At a FMM Security Conference here today, its council member, Davies Danavaindran welcomed the allocation of RM350 million in the 2011 Budget to fight crime and promote safe townships.
"While the overall crime index in the first nine months of this year has declined by 16 percent, there does not seem to be any let-up, in the number of truck hijackings," he said.
There were 18 cases of such hijackings reported in the first six months of 2010 compared with 24 for the whole of 2009.
"This is a cause for concern for manufacturers, given the apparent ease with which hijackers are able to obtain information such as the movement of freight, the content of trucks and economic value of the goods involved.
"Similarly, burglars are familiar with the layout of buildings that they break into," Danavaindran highlighted, in a statement by the FMM today.
DSP Ricky Teh of the Serious Crime Division of Bukit Aman said close cooperation and the exchange of intelligence between manufacturers, businesses and the police, had resulted in a sharp drop in crime against businesses.
Cargo hijacking, warehouse robberies and break-ins and the theft of laden lorries, had fallen dramatically in the last few years.
"It has dropped from 357 cases five years ago to 39 this year," he noted.
The FMM Security Conference was organised to help businesses improve their knowledge on safety and security measures that could be undertaken to prevent crime.
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