KOTA KINABALU: Sabah police will be increasing road and sea patrols during this festive season in view of the coming Chinese New Year celebrations.
Sabah CID chief Datuk Salehhudin Abd Rahman said road patrols would be conducted in hotspots at every district in the state, while sea patrols would be carried out on small and private boats.
He said these patrols involving almost 300 policemen were to ensure the safety of the community as they anticipate more traffic during this festive season.
Salehhudin said this on Thursday when launching the 12th Ops Selamat here which will run from Feb 9 to 23 this year.
Ops Selamat will also involve other security agencies such as firemen, and civil defence officials among others.
“We want to ensure that this festive season would be a safe and happy one for everyone,” he said, adding that road users must observe proper driving etiquettes while on the road and adhere to traffic regulations at all times.
Salehhudin said most accidents are caused by motorists who are inconsiderate, selfish and refuse to follow traffic rules.
Meanwhile, he also reminded home owners who will be leaving during the festive season to inform the authorities and neighbours to ensure the safety of their homes.
Salehhudin also reminded the public to keep their houses padlocked, and important documents stored properly to reduce risks of break-ins or thefts.
He said the number of break-ins during the Chinese New Year period in 2017 was at 81 cases compared to 63 in 2016, for the same period.
“This is an increase of 18 cases,” he said.
Source: The Star Online