LOCAL authorities should emulate proactive measures in other developed countries in keeping cities safe, says Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF).
MCPF Safety City Committee chairman and national exco member Datuk Seri Johny Ch’ng Ewe Gee said one measure could include the installation of more closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in strategic locations and hotspots.
“This is a good and effective method for local councils to monitor situations, especially in crime-prone areas.
“The effort can help reduce opportunistic crimes and ensure safer neighbourhoods,” he said after a closed-door meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail in Putrajaya.
Also present were senior vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye, vice-chairman Kamal Affandi Hashim and other senior MCPF exco members.
Ch’ng said the move had proven successful in Hong Kong and Singapore, and in other cities in China and Taiwan.
“It is high time that more CCTVs are installed to achieve the concept of a safe city.
“But MCPF is of the opinion that all parties must share the responsibility to preserve peace, security and harmony.
“We should not leave this entirely to the police and other enforcement agencies,” said Ch’ng.
He urged the public to cooperate with the authorities in preventing crime, adding that MCPF would propose some new initiatives.
The initiatives include introducing “robotic cops” to carry out basic scanning and monitoring activities in airports and complexes in a bid to cut cost in hiring security guards in the long term.
Ch’ng suggested that non-governmental organisations and associations such as motor clubs could work together to form strategic partnerships in crime prevention campaigns.
“We welcome ideas and suggestions to make cities and neighbourhoods a better and safer place to live in,” he added.
Ch’ng was appointed to his current position early last month after serving as Pahang MCPF chairman.
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