I am so sorry to say that THAT does not make our streets , our neighbourhood etc..safe.
Here's the IGP:
KUALA LUMPUR: THERE was a notable decrease in the number of violent and property crimes last year, crime index figures released show.
The crime index dipped 7.6 per cent last year, with street crimes dropping by 3.6 per cent.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said despite these successes, the public remained unconvinced.
"That is why I am not going to focus on the figures, but rather work on new initiatives to combat crime and win the public's confidence.
"We have set our targets for this year. Let the people decide after they see the results of our initiatives
The IGP was commenting on a report that crime watchdog, the Malaysian Crime Watch Taskforce (MyWatch), had questioned an alleged attempt by the police to "manipulate" crime figures by suppressing data on non-index crime.
MyWatch claimed that the overall national crime rate was 30 per cent higher than what had been presented by police.
Its chairman, R. Sri Sanjeevan, claimed that the latest figures did not take into account non-index crimes and that it was an attempt by the police to instil a "feel good" feeling among Malaysians.
He also revealed two letters, allegedly issued by Criminal Investigations Department director Datuk Seri Bakri Zinin to state police chiefs, with breakdowns on occurrence of non-index crime between 2011 and 2012.
Sri Sanjeevan claimed that the two letters were obtained from "internal police sources" and challenged the authorities to dispute their authenticity.
Ismail countered that the crime index was not something fanciful drawn up overnight.
"It was designed based on a comprehensive crime index published by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations in 1960.
"There is no controversy here and no hidden agenda about index or non-index crime. Those within the police force understand it."
Ismail said the classification of index and non-index crime had not been drawn up to suit the National Key Result Area (NKRA).
"It was drawn up long before my tenure as IGP, or for that matter, my predecessor. It (MyWatch) just collected bits and pieces of information before coming up with its own conclusion.
"All I will say about last year's crime index was that violent and property crimes were reduced."
Elaborating, Bakri said the practice of collecting and classifying crime statistics was adopted from the
Uniform Crime Reports of the United States and this was an international standard adopted by other countries.
He explained that the crime index was the title used for a aggregation of classification of seven main
offences, namely homicide, forcible rape, aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, larceny/theft and vehicle theft.
"We adopted this practice and further sub-divided certain offences. For example, vehicle theft is sub-divided into theft of vans/lorries, theft of cars and theft of motorcycles.
"Only these seven types of offences are used as an index to measure the degree of criminal exposure because they are most likely to be reported and most likely to occur with sufficient frequency to provide an adequate basis for comparison."
Bakri said police maintained statistics on all types of crimes.
"Only index crime is used as an indicator of the overall crime situation. Speaking from experience, the trend of overall crime (index plus non-index) is quite similar to that of index crime alone."
On his letters being made public, Bakri said they were sent to inform all police chiefs to focus on what needs to be done to bring down the number of non-index crimes.
Bakri said the increased number of non-index crimes might be small but appeared alarming when percentages were used instead of figures.
"For instance, if there was no kidnap case last year and there is one this year, that would make for a 100 per cent rise, but we are only talking about one case."