RESIDENTS in Jalan SS3/59, Petaling Jaya, near the Taman Bahagia LRT station, are living in fear due to the escalating crime rate in the neighbourhood.
They have been either hearing of or witnessing an average of three cases every week, involving various crimes, including snatch thefts, car thefts, break-ins and robberies.
“We can understand why some say it is like living in a prison when residents barricade their housing estate, but without the barricade, we are living in an even smaller prison because we dare not even leave our houses,” said Fong Chit Seng.
“We shiver whenever we hear the motorbikes,” he said, adding that the 66 households there had been putting up with the situation for the past two years.
On receiving their complaints, Kampung Tunku assemblyman Lau Weng San visited the area and distributed 200 whistles to the residents in a collective bid to fight crime.
He said the area was isolated from the other parts of SS3 but many LRT commuters would park their vehicles along the lanes in the area as parking space was scarce near the station.
Unfortunately, many commuters had fallen prey to car thieves, finding their car windows shattered and tyre rims stolen on their return from work.
Lau added that the area was also used as a bypass by motorists going to and coming from the Damansara–Puchong Highway, with multiple accesses that also made convenient exit points for the culprits.
He urged the police to speed up the approval of the auxiliary police programme, and the Petaling Jaya OCPD to deploy more manpower, including cadet or reserve personnel, to patrol SS3.
“They are doing a good job with an enhanced police presence in SEA Park and Taman Paramount; I hope the same thing can be done in SS3,” he said.
He said he would request for a meeting with TNB and Prasarana to find ways to enhance security measures and parking facilities near the LRT.
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