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Empty hotels becoming target of burglars: LDP
Published on: Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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The hotel at Kg Air that was burglarised.
Kota Kinabalu: Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Public Complaint Bureau Chief Jason Liew hopes the police will intensify patrol in crime hotspots so that business premises would not become the target of burglars.

He said empty hotels whose businesses have been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic here have become targets of burglars.

“Small hotels in Kg Air that were left unmanned have been burglarised,” he said in a statement, Monday. 

He was made to understand that Truly Asia Hotel in Kg Air had recently been broken into. 

“Among the valuable items stolen were televisions, washing machine and electronic devices. Even the closed-circuit television (CCTV) was damaged. The burglar(s) even attempted to climb into another hotel next door via water pipes but did not make it as the pipes were broken,” he said. 

Almost 90 per cent of the hotels in the city have suspended their operations due to the Movement Control Order (MCO), said Liew. 

“Burglars see this as an opportunity to steal from hotels.”

Without any source of income, he said these lawbreakers take advantage of the police’s preoccupation with setting up roadblocks to enforce the MCO to break into business premises. 

“We believe the police will do their job in safeguarding the safety of the people and properties.

“We hope the police will intensify patrol in crime hotspots so that the people could feel at ease that their business premises would not become the target of burglars,” he said. 

Liew added that there have been complaints whereby members of the public were told that the police hotline they contacted was incorrect and was transferred to another hotline. 

He hoped the police could standardise the hotline number so that the public know which number to call in the event of an emergency.


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