SEVERAL senior citizens in Kampung Chempaka, Petaling Jaya have been actively taking part in their neighbourhood patrol scheme with the oldest member being 80.
They are willing to give up time in their golden years to walk about the neighbourhood during odd hours armed with rods, pepper spray and whistles to help keep everyone safe.
Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK) secretary A.T. Tang, 67, said the patrol team was formed on March 1, 2012 because of the rising crime rate in the village.
He had been a victim himself as his house was once broken into.
“Problems started ever since foreigners started living in the village 10 years ago.
“More robberies and break-ins started occurring,” said Tang.
The multiple exit and entry points into the village had compounded to the problem.
“Hiring security guards was not an option as the residents cannot afford it,” he said.
Hence, some villagers decided to form a patrol team.
“It is difficult to get people to join but now we have 21 active members between the ages of 40 and 80 years.
“It is also hard getting up to patrol the neighbourhood,” Tang added.
The oldest person taking part is Fong Tsam, 80.
Fong said he wanted to do his bit to keep his home and village safe.
“In recent years, crime has become rampant. I need to protect my family.
“Our children are tired as they have to work during the day so older residents have to contribute,” he said.
Patrol leader Ngo Pek Soo, 61, said the cooperative spirit among villagers was strong.
“People are willing to help when needed,” he added.
The patrol team had successfully foiled several crimes.
“Two years ago, we spotted several strangers behaving suspiciously.
“It seemed like they were looking for a car to steal. We followed them until they gave up and drove away,” said Ng.
JKKK head Theresa Lim thanked the patrol members for taking part.
“I hope more people will join the patrol to ease the burden of existing members,’’ she said.