MCO sees crime rate drop in Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu police chief Habibi Majinji speaks to reporters today.

KOTA KINABALU: Police say the crime index in Kota Kinabalu here has dropped by 35.3% due to the implementation of the movement control order (MCO).

Kota Kinabalu police chief Habibi Majinji said 422 criminal cases were recorded from January to mid-July compared to 653 in the same period last year.

“There has been an obvious drop in the number of cases,” he said, adding that police were satisfied with the decline.

Speaking to reporters during a visit to the Kota Kinabalu High School here today, he said there had been no major incidents throughout the three-month lockdown which was implemented in mid-March to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Students at 19 secondary schools and 34 primary schools within the district returned to school today.

Habibi earlier said two police officers would be stationed at all schools to ensure that pupils comply with health SOPs and steer clear of delinquency.

He said nine students in Kota Kinabalu were arrested during the lockdown due to activities related to drug abuse, adding that they were detained along with several adults.

“We are looking seriously at crimes related to teenagers and students. If they are not stopped now, they could be involved in more serious crimes in the future.”

However, he said nearly 100% of the students complied with health SOPs while public compliance stood at 98%.

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