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Jakarta Post

Each district has its own crime story

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 10 2009   /  11:58 am

JP/IpunkMake sure you catch a pickpocket or a thug before he reaches kampung Tanah Tinggi in Central Jakarta. Otherwise you won’t be able to arrest him, even if you are a police officer.“The thugs’ neighbors and even their mothers will come out their houses to join hands to expel the hunters. When that happens... even police officers will step back and let the criminals go,” said Hasanuddin, a 63-year-old man who has been living in Tanah Tinggi since 1962.Tanah Tinggi subdistrict, part of Johar Baru district, is notorious for being a criminal neighborhood.
“Jambret [purse snatcher], copet [pick pocket], thief, robber, gambler, illicit alcohol and drugs dealer... any street criminal, you can find them all here,” said Hasanuddin, also the head of Community Unit (RW) IV at Tanah Tinggi subdistrict.“Actually, it’s a lot better now, particularly after the police built the ...