Police studying crime-high fuel prices link

KUALA LUMPUR, June 28 ─ Police are studying whether there is any truth to the claims that the recent fuel price hikes have resulted in more crimes in the country, particularly robberies.

Federal CID director Datuk Bakri Zinin said police were monitoring crime rates and identifying their causes at all times.

“Some claim that the fuel price hikes have caused an increase in crime rates but in reality, there are other reasons for the increase, including negligence on the part of the public.

“Police will study the matter and compare statistics before and after the fuel price hikes,” he said.

He did not rule out the possibility that irresponsible people were taking advantage of the high fuel prices to commit crime.

On the investigations into the missing RM600,000 from automated teller machines (ATMs) at a bank in Taman Equine on Tuesday, Bakri said the incident had the elements of an inside job.

“We are investigating the security company which delivered the cash and the procedure in depositing the money into the machine,” he said.

On Wednesday, 10 security guards aged between 25 and 40 years were arrested to help investigations into the case.

Police viewed the incident as unusual as there were no signs that the machines were forcibly opened while the closed-circuit television inside the bank was sprayed with black paint. ─ Bernama

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