THE POLICE will continue to combat crime by combining electronic technology with human intelligence. Illustrating the use of closed-circuit television (CCTV) for surveillance purposes, Selangor CPO Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said this was commonly used in developed nations.
“You may not see a policeman around but when a crime occurs, the police would arrive at the crime scene in short notice with the help of information provided by CCTVs,” he said during the soft launch of the Home Safe Home Programme.
The programme, a private initiative by Divaforce Sdn Bhd, will see residential or business premises linking their security alarms to the Central Monitoring System (CMS). The 24-hour CMS comes with complete remote monitoring and on-site patrols.
Mohd Shukri added that this system would help the police as they had continued to focus on working closer with the community.
“We would also caution that some crimes are conducted by hired security guards, hence we encourage companies to have in-house detectives as a counter check. We can also assist them to do background checks on their security personnel if needed,” he said.
As of September last year, Selangor’s crime index rose to 12.36%. However, that figure has declined to 8.11% as of Feb 11 this year.
He added that he had received many calls on the rise of crimes related to illegal gambling and prostitution.
Currently, the CMS service is available in Selangor, with an initial focus in the areas of Subang Jaya and its nearby vicinity and Kota Damansara, where it is headquartered. The CMS service fee starts at RM39 a month.
“Is your family’s safety and property worth more than RM1.26 a day?” asked Divaforce Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Woo Kok Boon.
“We are providing essential home security services at a very low and affordable price. This deal is sweetened with products and services from our Smart Partners.”
The five Smart Partners, which includes leading English daily The Star, also signed a strategic partnership agreement during the event.
Woo added the CMS services would be extended to the public in other states, including Penang and Johor, within six months. Eventually it would be made available to the whole of Malaysia.
In its first year of operation, the security services company is expecting up to 100,000 subscribers.
Having invested RM500,000 in its initial infrastructure and resources, Woo said the company is expected to grow in tandem with the expansion of its coverage of areas.