Lessons in crime prevention better than cure
Crime affects every layer of our community, making it necessary for lessons in crime prevention to begin from young.
Numerous programmes have been implemented to train and groom the young ones into individuals that can ensure a safer community, one of them being the Crime Prevention awareness programme organised by the Sarawak Community Policing Association (SCPA).
“This is the first school in Malaysia that the association has adopted as part of our community policing activities,” said SCPA chairman Datuk John Lau Pang Heng when met after the awareness programme held for students from Forms 1 to 5 at SMK Matang Jaya on January 20.
During the crime prevention awareness programme, students learnt about trending crimes and the steps needed to be taken to prevent them.
One of the most popular crimes that hit the students in particular was cyber crime.
“Students should always be more cautious in engaging in online activities and sharing personal information such as their name, age, sex, locations, as well as pictures online and to secure their accounts with passwords that other people can’t guess.
“It is best to just keep within your real-life friends, those you know in person or are friends with in reality,” said Insp Mohd Rafi from Crime Investigation Department Sarawak during his talk.
“Before you share, THINK: Is it True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, and Kind?” he added.
Cyberbullying is also another popular crime among teenagers that sees victims being tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, or embarrassed online.
“Students must remember to not just keep it to themselves if they are being bullied and immediately seek for help. Parents, teachers, Community Policing and the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) are all ready to help you and remember that you are not alone.”
Padawan Narcotics Crime Investigation Department narcotics investigation officer Inspector Hamim Hamzah also delivered a talk on drugs by making the students aware of the kinds of drugs and drug paraphernalia, the causes of drug addiction and how they can avoid getting involved in drugs.
“Besides seeking pleasure, most people take drugs because of peer pressure, curiosity, medical treatment and to cope with stress,” he said in his talk, explaining how drug addiction can bring about behavioural, physical and habitual changes.
On how to identify a drug addict, he said that “drug abuse will lead to excessive absenteeism or tardiness, lower productivity in the workplace or lower grades in school.”
Other traits of frequent drug abusers is that they can get into explosive arguments and disagreements over small matters, exhibit frequent hangover symptoms, display a deterioration in personal appearance and hygiene, loss of appetite, becoming thinner, bloodshot or watery eyes, are frequently borrowing money, and making frequent visits to remote places without any obvious reasons like small rooms or storehouses to take drugs.
On how drug abuse affects the family, he said, “It will tarnish the dignity and good name of the family, be a burden forcing them to spend a lot of energy and money taking care of them, households can become destabilised, and separation or divorce may occur.”
The drug addict can also impact the community by disturbing the peace, hampering overall progress and development as well as creating misunderstandings between a family and the community in general.
He added, “As long as there is a drug addict, there will always be drug problems.”
SCPA is an association committed to creating strong cooperation between the community and the police to give awareness to members of the public on everybody’s responsibility in crime prevention. SCPA also aims to foster an atmosphere of unity and goodwill among people.
Lau said they were looking to implement the programme in more schools in Sarawak.
“It is important to educate and nurture students with good values at a young age that will become ‘eyes and ears’ to us for the benefit of our community and country.”
The event was also attended by SMK Matang Jaya headmistress Zakiah Abdul Hamid and a representative from Padawan District Police ASP Nelson Noel Lubong.