crime through SMS
The Borneo Post - Wednesday, March 26 2003
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can now call police chiefs to inform of any criminal acts using handphones
Sarawak police have launched the Save My Soul or SMS (Saya Mahu Selamat)
where members of the public can contact the district police chiefs (KPD)
immediately to report crime through the handphones.
"The people could either call directly or send short messaging system through the SMS to the KPD or heads of department so that the KPD can act immediately upon receiving the information when there is a burglary, fight in a pub or snatch case or when you see suspicious characters in your neighbourhood," Sarawak Commissioner of Police Datuk Mohd Yusoff Jafaar yesterday.
Yusoff urged Sarawakians to log in their respective KPD personal mobile numbers into their handphones so the police department could be informed immediately when a crime occurred.
would allow the police to act faster in crime prevention instead of
getting reports after an incident had happened and when suspect(s) were
miles away in their hidden sanctuary, he said.
to reporters after the 196th Police Day celebration in Petra Jaya here, he
the SMS or Save My Soul (Saya Mahu Selamat) will allow the public to
contact their respective KPD directly to their handphones when in trouble.
discussion with all KPD and heads of department, he disclosed that they
agreed to list their handphone numbers to the public to further enhance
the efforts in building an orderly society.
SMS campaign was the first of its kind in the country, he added.
said, "Each KPD is equipped with a walkie-talkie and after being
informed of an incident, he would contact his men to go to the ground
immediately like putting up road blocks to catch the burglars,
extortionists, robbers or snatch thieves before they can escape far."
snatch cases, victims or witnesses should take note of the suspect(s)
physical appearance and vehicles used since snatch thieves normally used
fake licence plate, he added.
people should make good use of this new crime prevention mechanism, he
pointed out, as it will benefit the society and assist the police to
reduce crime rates in the State, particularly the increasing snatch theft
household has at least one handphone these days, if not several sets.
it shouldn't be a problem to start this mechanism.
log in the respective KPD handphone number.
you are in Mukah keep the Mukah KPD number, or if you are in Bintulu
contact the Bintulu KPD," he said.
informers would be treated with strict confidentiality, he said, adding
that they will be rewarded accordingly for their co-operation.
out that the police in the State were sincered to serve the people, Yusoff
hoped that the 24hour facility would not be abused.
police has not had the time to space. We are to serve 24 hours. There is
bound to be some who will take advantage of the campaign to make prank
calls, but we will have to be patient for others who are in need of our
help," he said.
stressed that the SMS campaign was meant to help the people and deal with
the rampant crime cases.
urged the public to take the campaign seriously.