JOHOR BARU, Malaysia - Police officers will soon be making their rounds in residential areas on bicycles.
Southern OCPD Asst Comm Zainuddin Yaacob said the police have formed the bicycle patrol team - Ronda & Riadah - in line with the GTP's NKRA on reducing crime.
ACP Zainuddin said policemen on bicycles would patrol housing areas with eight to 25 personnel per unit from 12am to 7am daily.
He said that the decision to utilise bicycles was to provide a silent and discreet patrol compared with using motor vehicles.
Police officers equipped with walkie-talkies, vests and weapons would cordon entry points and quiet spots of residential areas that have higher incidences of crime.
He said break-ins and snatch thefts were more common between 3am and 5am.
Five hotspots in the Johor Baru South district - Taman Pelangi Indah, Taman Setia Indah, Larkin, Taman Pelangi and the city centre - have been identified to be the focus of the bicycle patrol.
He said bicycle patrols have already been deployed in Plentong, Permas Jaya and Taman Setia Indah.
ACP Zainuddin said the police were currently encouraging the public to participate in the patrol to build a stronger community spirit.
A total of 72 volunteers from the community have joined the bicycle patrol.