KL needs more CCTVs to effectively combat crime: Inspector-General of Police

PUTRAJAYA - The federal capital needs more than 300 CCTV (closed-circuit television) cameras to effectively combat and prevent crime, said Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.

The Inspector-General of Police said capital cities such as London had 40,000 cameras while Shanghai had 7,000 installed citywide.

"At this moment, the acquisition of CCTV cameras is done through the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry.

"In my opinion, it is best if such acquisition is conducted through the Home Ministry because it handles security matters," he told a press conference after launching a seminar on the green initiative yesterday.

Khalid was commenting on Kuala Lumpur police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa's call for more and better quality CCTV cameras to be installed following the bomb blast at the Cherry Blossom Club in Bukit Bintang on Oct 9.

The 4.25am incident saw a bomb rip through the front of the nightclub along Jalan Bukit Bintang, killing a 36-year-old car joc­key and injuring 12 others, several of them foreigners.

Four vehicles were damaged in the blast. linked to a turf war between rival gangs.

Police discovered that there were not enough CCTV cameras and footage obtained from existing ones were of low quality, forcing investigators to rely on a photo fit of the suspect to solve the case.

On the green initiative, Khalid said police spent RM30.7mil, including the acquisition of environment-friendly vehicles for the force.

"The blueprint for the force's green practices and applications was launched by the Prime Minister on Jan 9.

"However, we began adopting green initiatives in 2012 so that our assets will be geared to be eco-friendly in stages," he said.

He said for a start, police had acquired 33 electric-powered scooters for the Amanita squad in the Klang Valley and were testing a device that could lower carbon dioxide emission by 19 per cent and fuel consumption by 23 per cent in patrol cars.