Use MyDistress, petrol station operators told
KLANG: Petrol station operators should fully utilise the MyDistress mobile application as part of their effort towards crime prevention.
South Klang district police chief ACP Muhammad Mat Yusop said the application was gaining popularity fast and as of yesterday, had recorded a total of 54,000 subscribers.
MyDistress is a service where the public can alert Selangor police when toldemergency assistance is required.
“The application should be installed by every petrol station operator in South Klang district as it is an effective way to prevent crime,” said Muhammad after launching a community-policing programme at Shell petrol station in Persiaran Tengku Ampuan Rahimah yesterday.
He said petrol stations were one of the prime targets among robbers.
“They usually strike at night and take away cigarettes and small amount of cash. In some cases, these robbers have no qualms of hurting their victims if their demands are not met,” he said.
Muhammad said since the launch, MyDistress had received 18 calls from its subscribers within Selangor and in most cases, brought up to the arrest of the perpetrators.
Besides using the mobile application, Muhammad called on petrol station operators to install better quality closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) at their premises.
“There is no point of installing low quality CCTVs where we (the police) can’t even identify the suspects,” he said.
On crime prevention efforts in the district, Muhammad said there are 16 CCTVs operating at crime-prone and hotspot areas in Klang.
“An additional 60 units will be installed by Klang Municipal Council by next year,” he said.
Muhammad praised the joint community patrols between the public and police which have contributed to the decline of crime cases around the district.
“From January to October last year, there were 4,145 crime cases reported compared to 1,468 cases in the same period this year.” he said.
The MyDistress application is compatible with Android, Apple, Symbian and BlackBerry smartphone operating systems.
Those interested to download the application may visit the website at https://mydistress.net.