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Crime rates increase during Ramadhan

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 19 2011   /  08:00 am

The Jakarta Police say that in the 30-day period around the start of Ramadhan crime rates increased by 9 percent.

Jakarta Police deputy chief Brig. Gen. Suhardi Alius said here on Thursday that the trend reversed the ongoing one of the previous two months, during which the city saw a decrease in crime rates. Suhardi did not reveal the figures.

“We are going to conduct tighter monitoring of security in Jakarta,” Suhardi said.

“We are going to launch the Ketupat Jaya [annual operation to secure homeward-bound travelers] on Aug. 22.

“Despite the relatively secure situation in Jakarta, we will not lower our guard. Instead, we are going to be more alert and anticipate any possible crimes during Ramadhan,” he added.

Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo also said on Thursday that residents had to assist the police to prevent crime during the holy month by c...