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Jakarta Post

From the streets to homes, crime, accidents worry residents

  • Hasyim Widhiarto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 21 2009   /  03:14 pm

A mother of one, who lives in Taman Palem Lestari housing complex in Cengkareng, West Jakarta, was shocked recently when she found out that an unoccupied house near her residence was a drug factory. "I thought the house was being renovated as I saw one or two cars coming to unload things several times," she said. "I only realized there was a drug making factory just a few meters from my door when the police raided the house and found a dozen kilograms of ingredients to make crystal methamphetamine." Having lived in the complex for more than two years, the woman said she and her husband did not mix much with the other residents as both of them were busy managing their clock businesses in various shopping malls in Jakarta. A series of high-profile crimes in residential complexes have made the headlines this year. For example, as of the second week of December, the ...