By ILONA ANDREW
KOTA KINABALU: The crime index rate in the city dropped by 52 per cent during the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) on March 18 until May 15.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Kota Kinabalu police chief ACP Habibi Majinji said, only 96 criminal cases were recorded during the period, compared to 198 cases in 2019 of the same period.
“Overall, the total cases investigated from Jan 1 until May 15 this year dropped to 314, compared to 427 during the same period last year.
“We managed to solve 222 or 77.7 per cent of the cases out of the total 314, where 118 cases had been charged,” he said.
Meanwhile, for non-index crime, a total of 417 cases have been recorded from Jan 1 to May 15 this year, where 252 or 60.43 per cent of them had been charged.
“This means that a total of 713 cases have been investigated from Jan 1 until May 15, including 370 cases that were charged,” he explained.
Habibi stated that the police, while concentrating on breaking the chain of Covid-19 transmission during the enforcement of the MCO at the same time, have not overlooked other criminal cases as well.
On another issue, a total of 166 individuals involved with drug-related offences were been detained to date since the imposition of the MCO on March 18.
“During the period, we have also seized various kinds of drugs that cost approximately RM137,393.60.
“These include syabu totalling to RM122,821.50 and marijuana (RM14,572.10),” said Habibi.