Geylang's backlanes will be brightened up and more CCTVs will be installed to keep crime at bay, said the commanding police officer of the area on Thursday, after Geylang was flagged as a hotspot for crime in a recent high-profile inquiry.
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Here is a recent post by Assoc Prof Fatimah Lateef, MP for Marine Parade GRC:
Since becoming the MP for Geylang Serai, which is a very large constituency and covers Geylang Lorongs 22 to 42 (the lower lorongs are in Kallang Moulmein GRC), I have done so much on disamenities related to vice, but I have not shared on a public platform before.
Now, the Commissioner of Police has made some comments, so let me share openly for the first time.
Here is a very summarised version of efforts which are still ongoing today.
Efforts in Geylang Lorongs 22 to 42 under the ward of Geylang Serai in Marine Parade GRC
Much efforts has been put in on the ground since 2006 and these continue. These include
1. Regular area and site visits to understand issues as each lorong may have unique issues
2. Day visits and night walks and visits have been ongoing
3. Stakeouts and surveillance by working with relevant residents and stakeholders in a team-based approach
4. Understanding the dynamics is critical and can only be obtained by much ground work and assessment which continues
5. Setting up a task force with multiple agencies and grassroots and activists as well as residents. These groups will have meetings planned as required, and each issues is managed in a strategised and targeted fashion
6. Work with agencies like URA , MOM (foreign workers, dorms, crowding issues) LTA ( traffic and parking issues as well as safety issues), police and anti-vice and others as required eg: PUB , NEA, etc. Other issues related to high human traffic and load eg littering, parking, safety issues etc are explored very regularly. I am very particular about the follow up with these agencies and they need to update me on a timely basis
7. We have managed to sort out and solved many issues based on a targeted approach, working with specific condos, MCSTs, resident groups, grassroots, as well as agencies. But understanding of the dynamics of the area and the vice trade is crucial. In some areas, it could be a " cat-and-mouse game"
8. Regular, roving dialogues with different groups in a targeted way, including pub managers
9. Light up of dark back lanes and lorongs. To date, 133 lamp post have been added since 2007, and the efforts continue
10. CCTV installation at strategic locations