Guidelines on making a citizen's arrest


Guidelines on making a citizen’s arrest
22 Jun 2006

HOW do you make a citizens arrest? Here are the police guidelines:

Once you have apprehended a suspect, call the nearest police station or the local police hotline number for help.

Hand over the suspect and the valuables to the police when they arrive.

Do not return stolen valuables to the victim until you receive clearance to do so from the police.

Once the suspect is handed over to the police, he or she will be re-arrested and taken to the police station.

The victim and those who apprehended the suspect must go to the police station to have their statements recorded.

Only the victim needs to lodge a police report. Those who helped need only give their statements as witnesses.

Cases of using excessive force

BELOW are some recent reported cases where excessive force may have been used when making citizens arrest.

April 21, 2005: A suspected burglar was allegedly bashed to death by four security guards, after he and five other men tried to make off with scrap metal.

April 11, 2005: A robbery suspect, Jiwa Ramomorthy, died in a court lock-up in Kulai, Johor, 24 hours after being assaulted by a group of vigilantes.

He was set upon by a group of men in Taman Jaya Senai, an hour after he and several other men were said to have robbed a car wash.

June 17, 2004: A suspected snatch thief died of head and body injuries a day after he was caught and beaten by five men in Jalan Meru, Klang.