Taman Pelangi a crime hotspot
Taman Pelangi was identified by Johor police in August 2009 as a crime hotspot.
Then-Johor police chief Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said that robberies and snatch thefts were common in the area.
In May last year, the Malaysian Home Ministry allocated RM1.5 million (S$610,000) to the Johor Baru city council to improve the city’s safety and security infrastructure.
Proper lighting and safe pedestrian walkways were introduced in crime-prone areas in Johor Baru, including Taman Pelangi.
When announcing a new bicycle patrol last June, deputy district police chief Zainuddin Yaacob mentioned that break-ins and snatch thefts were more common between 3am and 5am.
Despite these precautionary measures by the police, the area has seen its fair share of violent crime in recent years.
In April last year, a bodyguard was shot dead when a female moneychanger was robbed by four men armed with a gun and a parang.
One opened fire on the car while another smashed the windscreen and opened the boot, escaping with four bags of money.
-The New Paper