Just a week before Idul Fitri, Jakarta police have recorded a high number of crimes and accidents, some of which have been fatal.
In an operation named Ketupat Jaya — in which high numbers of police officers are assigned to secure important venues and areas — the police have recorded 136 crimes and 98 accidents that claimed 13 lives.
“From Aug. 11 to Aug. 16, 2012, there were 136 crimes,” the head of the operation post, Comr. Miyanto, said at the Jakarta police station on Friday. “The data is from Jakarta and its satellite cities, but we haven’t gotten the details on what type of crimes were committed yet.”
Miyanto said that most of the crimes happened in Bekasi.
“There were 98 traffic accidents during the period of Aug. 11 to Aug. 16, 2012, with 13 people dead, 23 seriously injured and 102 people slightly injured,” Miyanto said.
Miyanto added that to curb the number of traffic accidents, officials in the field will strictly warn and ticket motorcycles that carry passengers above its maximum capacity.
“We advise people to rest if they are tired to reduce the number of accidents,” he said.
On the last day of the fasting month of Ramadan, traffic in Jakarta reportedly smooths out, with very few vehicles passing on the main roads of Gatot Subroto, Rasuna Said, Sudirman, MH. Thamrin and Merdeka.
While during normal Saturdays vehicles are bumper-to-bumper at traffic lights in Pancoran and Kuningan, there were very few vehicles at the traffic lights at this time.
The traffic of Jakarta’s Inner Toll Road has also been quiet, much like the ordinary roads.
However, Jakarta police have warned that traffic jams might happen during the eve of Idul Fitri on Saturday evening because people from Depok, Bekasi and Tangerang will be heading to the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta. Traffic police have are attempting to avoid such traffic jams by preparing redirection routes to and from Monas.