JOHOR BARU - Crime involving youths especially secondary school students, has increased by 2.6 times in the first six months of the year.
Federal police NKRA secretariat director Comm Datuk Wira Ayob Yaakob said the police recorded 873 cases compared to 335 cases within the same period last year.
He said that when the police launched Ops Cantas about two months ago, there was a drop in unhealthy activities involving youths.
He urged the public and school authorities to join hands in addressing the problem as the police alone cannot keep gang members away from students.
"The police have come up with several initiatives to ensure that youths would no longer be involved in crimes.
"Among those are working closely with the relevant agencies including schools, parents and the Education Department throughout the country," he said after attending a Southern Zone Crime Prevention Club seminar held at the Johor Education Department here yesterday.
Ayob said schools facing disciplinary problems such as truancy among its students should come forward and discuss the matter with the police.
In an unrelated matter, he said that the police had opened up 10,000 places for recruitment under the Police Volunteer Reserve (PVR) force.
He said the public should change their perception on the PVR, which is not similar to security guards, as the PVR takes care of government assets such as ports.
"Many under the PVR have other jobs and have to sacrifice their time with their families when on duty," he said.