Many business owners here believe that the high profile policing programme launched recently will help deter criminals.
Budget hotel caretaker Ng Chin Cheng, 61, said he was happy the police had taken an interest in budget hotels here.
He said budget hotels had become a regular haunt for drug addicts and criminals and hoped that the police would continue to take a proactive role in patrolling the areas here.
“It is good to know that the police are combating crime from all angles,” he said, adding that he had noticed a visible increase in police presence in the area.
Businesswoman Lau Poh Luan, 41, said the programme was a good way for business operators in the area to get to know law enforcement officers better.
Lau, who owns a cake shop along Jalan Serampang said a neighbouring business was robbed during the recent Chinese New Year celebrations and she had been worried about the security of her business since then.
“After meeting with police officers here, my confidence level has been boosted and I hope to continue to work together with the police in future,” she said.
Taxi driver Koh Ah Ba, 65, said he was pleased with the programme as it showed that the police were willing to talk to the public on ways to fight crime.
“Some of the community may have good ideas on how to improve the fight on crime here,” he said, adding that he too hoped for continuous cooperation between police and the community.
Koh, Ng and Lau were among some of the people visited by State CID chief Senior Asst Comm II Datuk Amer Awal during his walkabout around Taman Pelangi in conjunction with the high profile policing programme.
SAC Amer said that this was the second time the programme was carried out and focused on budget hotels in the area.
“Budget hotels are a regular haunt for drug addicts, criminals and runaways as these places offer cheap shelter and allow them to hide in plain sight,” he said.
He added the police walkabout gave them the chance to talk to the caretakers and owners.
“We want to have a good rapport with these business operators as they may be able to help us crack crime cases in future,” he said.
He added that the programme was also carried out to raise awareness on the police hotline number, as most people still dialled 999 during an emergency.
“Anyone who would like to contact the police for any reason should call the police hotline at 07-2212 999,” he said.