Thestar : Councils claim no money for CCTVs

Councils claim no money for CCTVs
Sunday February 26, 2006

KUALA LUMPUR: More than half of the 38 municipal councils in the country have not installed closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at crime-prone areas.

The installation of the cameras came under the 23 measures for Safe City Concept initiated by the Housing and Local Government Ministry 18 months ago.

Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting said his ministry was willing to assist the councils.

The cameras, he said, had proven effective in curbing rape, theft and extortion.

Ong said the councils should not claim lack of funds to install the cameras because the revenue collected by them was more than RM10mil annually.

There are even councils with an annual revenue of more than RM20mil, thus there is no justification for them to claim they have inadequate allocation to install CCTVs, Ong said.

Ong was speaking at a press conference after launching the Second Malaysian Security LockExpo and Crime Prevention Conference at Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday.

The Star’s Group Chief Editor Datuk Wong Sulong received the Crime Prevention Partners Award on behalf of the company.

Ong said the councils must work closely with Tenaga Nasional Bhd to light up crime prone areas as feedback showed that brightly lit five-foot ways, parking areas and pedestrian walkways were crucial in reducing opportunities for crime.

Do not wait for the crime index to go up and only then start thinking about implementing the 23 crime prevention measures, said Ong.

The five immediate measures given priority by the ministry are the clearing of overgrown bushes (so far carried out by 31 councils), clearing pedestrian bridges and walkways of obstacles (27), revising residential layouts (25), lighting up crime prone areas (20) and separating pedestrian walkways from motor vehicle lanes (16).

Ong said crime prevention was not solely the job of the police as the public’s involvement was crucial.

Residents can come together in organising community patrols in areas where crime has been prevalent, he said.

Anyone in Miri started noticing the Government’s CCTVs in public area yet?