Gangs shifting to quieter areas

Gangs shifting to quieter areas

KUALA LUMPUR - With their safe haven now under the police radar, gangs, most of which dabble in the illicit drug trade, are shifting their bases.

While many have chosen to lie low or escape to Thailand in the wake of Op Cantas, some that did not want to give up on the lucrative returns have shifted their operations.

Their new target areas are affluent neighbourhoods and quaint towns.

Police sources told the New Straits Times that some gangs that sensed the authorities were closing in on them had shifted their operations to areas that they felt were off the police radar.

Among the premises that they go for are quiet bungalow areas and guarded housing estates, as well as gated communities and posh condominiums with tight security.

Also a favourite are premises that have bungalows which are rented out on a weekly or monthly basis.

"However, it is just a matter of time before we catch up with them.

"While our intelligence is strong, we are also getting a lot of co-operation from the public," said a source.

They said those living in these housing areas could play their role in ensuring that the areas were free from the underworld and their operations.

Residents suspicious of their neighbours, especially new ones, could call the police and furnish them with details, including the number plates of the vehicles used, the sources added.

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