PETALING JAYA - There has been a more than 90 per cent drop in robbery with firearms in the country since Ops Cantas Khas was launched, say police.
According to Bukit Aman's principal assistant director of the Secret Societies, Vice and Gambling Division (D7) Senior Asst Comm Datuk Abdul Jalil Hassan, there has been a decrease in crime across the board since the launch of the operations on Aug 17.
"In the last 36 days (from Aug 17 to Sept 22), serious crime has gone down by 12.48 per cent with murder cases lowered by 33.78 per cent, gang robbery decreased by 23.58 per cent and robbery dipped by 26 per cent compared to the similar number of days between July 12 and Aug "A total of 23 pieces of firearms, 14 home-made air rifles, 1,238 bullets, a hand-grenade and 445 stolen vehicles were recovered from Aug 17 until Sept 22.
"We also arrested 10,695 people for various offences, including extortion, armed robbery, vehicle theft and involvement in secret societies," he said, adding that so far, police had screened 267,496 people and 158,556 vehicles.
SAC Abdul Jalil said among the recovered vehicles were 198 cars and 215 motorcycles.
"Four fake guns, 27 swords, 105 parang, 116 knives and 29 knuckle dusters were also seized," he added.
He said that on Saturday alone, police checked 16,951 people and 7,872 vehicles, resulting in the arrest of 407 people.
"We seized a home-made air rifle and five bullets from one suspect.