Crime rate among youths rises in Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur (The Star/ANN) - Malaysian youths between the ages of 15 and 25 will be the primary focus of the Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation due to their involvement in crimes.

Vice-chairman Lee Lam Thye said the foundation would organise specific activities and programmes for this age group this year.

"The rate of crimes committed by youths has increased over the past two years although the overall crime index in the country has decreased," he said after launching the "6 in 1" Crime Prevention and Healthy Living Community Service Project at Seri Petaling here.

He said according to police statistics, students' involvement in crimes had increased from 1,409 in 2009 to 1,947 in 2010, causing the crime index involving youths to increase by 38%.

"As for non-students, the crime cases have increased from 2,245 in 2009 to 3,218 in 2010, marking an increase of 43.3%.

"Youths are increasingly involved in violent and property crimes like physical aggression, rape cases, snatch thefts and robberies," he said.

He reminded parents to make time for their children even if they were busy working.

"Children are likely to seek advice from friends who could pose negative peer pressure on them," Lee said.

He also urged local councils to tighten the conditions in issuing licences to cyber cafes as many students were spending more time playing violent games.

"As a result, (whenever there are differences in opinions) they think there is no room for discussion and resort to bashing up one another," he said.

Lee said the foundation had decided to hold a series of programmes and activities for youths under a campaign called "Youths Unite Against Crime".

The event is scheduled to be launched by Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin at Dewan MITC in Kota Melaka, Malacca on July 23.

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