1,000 new CCTVs in Selangor

SHAH ALAM - Police plan to install another 1,000 closed-circuit television cameras in Selangor next year under the Royal Malaysia Police SafeCam Partnership project to further reduce crime.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said there were currently 666 CCTVs in operation in Selangor. The cameras were installed in stages since January last year.

"Police are now in the midst of identifying new areas to install additional CCTVs under the programme.

"We will target the hotspots first and then slowly move to other areas. The cameras can be a deterrent to criminals and help us in our investigation if there are any crimes," he told reporters after launching the SafeCam project titled United Against Crime Through Eyes in the Sky programme at the Shah Alam district police headquarters here yesterday.

Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad (MRCB), the company installing the CCTVs, signed a MoU with the police to install additional cameras in Selangor.

"Our next step is to link CCTVs owned by individuals or private companies to our camera system. With their footage we can identify suspects or car registration numbers when a crime happens."

Khalid added that 50 loud speakers were also installed together with the CCTVs in selected hotspots.

"With the speakers, we can advice the public from our operations room to be on the alert if we see any suspicious persons in the vicinity. We will work with MRCB to install more," he added.

There have been calls to have more CCTVs installed especially at crime hotspots to prevent and reduce crime cases.

The Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah told The Star in a recent interview that he had proposed for the installation of more CCTVs, especially at crime hotspots.