Jul 17, 2008 By NG SU-ANN
PENANG’S violent and property crime rates have been reduced in the first six months this year compared with those in the last six months of 2007, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
He said 1,620 violent cases were reported in the last six months of 2007 but the number has dropped by 38 cases in the first half of this year.
For property crime, the rate had dropped by about 4% (325 cases) from the 7,447 cases between last July and December to 7,122 between January and June this year, he said.
“Overall, Penang is among the top states in solving crime cases,” he said at a dinner held in honour of newly appointed state police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Ayub Yaakob at the Esplanade on Tuesday night.
Exchanging pleasantries: Lim having a chat with Ayub (centre) while state executive councillors Chow Kon Yow (second left) and Danny Law (right) looked on.
He said that in view of the global economic slowdown, the state government was concerned that Penang’s crime index would rise.
However, the state and police would work hand in hand to ensure the situation was under control, he said.
“This is because our investment’s prestige and tourism are closely linked to the state’s security level. If we have a high crime rate, this will scare investors and tourists away from Penang,” he said.
Lim said the authorities had identified 165 crime-related hotspots in Penang based on the reports lodged by the public.