Rosli Mohd Saad, who died in his attempt to catch a snatch thief, was a brave man who was carrying out his duty as a caring citizen, said Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Mohd Bakri Omar."It is a pity that he lost his life. I am saddened by the news," he added. Bakri said people must not risk life and limb when making a citizen's arrest. Rather, they should weigh the situation before attempting to make an arrest. Personal safety, above all, should not be jeopardized, he advised. Overzealousness can place people in life-threatening situations, he added. If the situation does not permit one to make a citizen's arrest, just help by giving information such as the car registration number. Even though it was the civic duty of citizens to stop such crimes, extra care had to be taken as snatch thieves could be armed, he warned. Mohd Bakri was speaking to reporters after paying a courtesy call on the Sultan of Pahang at the Istana Abu Bakar here today. Also present were the Tengku Mahkota of Pahang, Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and State Executive Council members.
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Commenting further on van driver Rosli, who was stabbed in the chest thrice and died soon after, Bakri said police would go all out to catch the culprit. He said it was advisable for women not to carry handbags with shoulder straps and, if possible, they should keep to the sidewalks while walking on the street. Mohd Bakri said tough action by police and the local authorities over the past months had shown a decline in the number of snatch theft cases. He said despite the public outcry on the matter, snatch theft cases had decreased throughout the country in the first five months of this year compared with the same period last year. During that period last year, 7,377 cases were reported and 3,605 were solved, resulting in 810 arrests. As for this year, 5,517 cases were reported, with 2,710 solved...