The rise in criminal activities has always been a matter of grave concern among
Asians. Gone are the good old days when we could roam the streets freely and
safely without fear of being robbed, assaulted, kidnapped, raped or even
murdered. There have been comments that the authorities have not done enough to
fight crime. What people fail to realize is that crime prevention is a shared
responsibility. Crime prevention should include the authorities, such as the
relevant ministries and government departments, the police, as well as the
various NGOs and the public.
For their part, the authorities have
beefed up the police force and put more
police officers on the streets. Non-uniformed personnel have been assigned
crime-prevention duties. Moreover, Mobile Police stations and Mobile Police
Vehicles have been placed in crime-prone areas. Law enforcement alone is not
enough. Law enforcers can only patrol areas periodically. They cannot possibly
be everywhere all the time. It is the members of the public who can provide the
police with relevant information, report the dangers that lurk in their
neighborhoods or report suspicious characters. We have to be the eyes and ears
of the police if we wish to eradicate crime.
We can also play our part in fighting crime by organizing neighborhood
patrols. Residents can form their own residents' associations and link up with
police stations nearby. It is only when the public become more vigilant and work
hand-in-hand with the police that we see a significant reduction in crime.
More crime prevention campaigns should be organized to reinforce public
awareness on the need to act together to combat crime. The media should not only
report sensational news, such as brutal killings and
grisly murders. It should educate the public on crime prevention.
With responsible reporting, the media can help to create awareness and make the
public more safety conscious.
Crime prevention is a collective responsibility. Although police presence has
a strong impact on fighting crime, the public too can play its role by improving
security on the streets and our neighborhoods. Only then can we help to
mitigate crime. We must come together in a
true spirit and be resolved to fight crime.