Tight security measures for roof access in HDB estates

Recent reports on the vandalism at the rooftop of a Housing Board block in Toa Payoh on Wednesday have raised some concerns over the security of HDB rooftops ("Probe into graffiti atop HDB block"; Thursday).

I assure our residents that People's Action Party (PAP) town councils have already taken measures to tighten rooftop security. Since 2011, PAP town councils have adopted a three-pronged strategy to tighten the security of roof access.

First, all our lock sets, including those of water tank covers, roof access and pump rooms, have been changed to non-duplicable locks. These lock sets are robust, with restricted key control.

Second, only authorised personnel approved by the town council are allowed to access the rooftops. All authorised personnel working on rooftops must wear security vests issued by the town councils. An auxiliary police officer or town council staff will be present to escort them for each and every assignment.

Finally, there is bolting or fastening of steel brackets over the water tank covers to safeguard the security of rooftop water tanks.

The security protocols were developed and adopted in consultation with the police and PUB. A roof access standard operating procedure was also drawn up to reinforce this importance.

Our property officers on site will continue to conduct regular checks on these areas through scheduled inspections.

I assure residents that PAP town councils take a serious view on the security of our roof access.

Teo Ho Pin (Dr)

Coordinating Chairman

PAP Town Councils

This article was published on May 10 in The Straits Times.

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