TAMAN Petaling Kepong residents will feel a lot safer now that the Voluntary Patrol Scheme (SRS) is active in the neighbourhood.
The initiative by the Kepong Baru C Neighbourhood Watch Committee (KRT) together with the police aims to improve security in the area as well as in Kepong Baru.
Sentul police chief ACP S. Shanmugamoorthy, who launched the event, said he was touched by the community’s willingness to cooperate with the police and lend their service to assist the force.
“I will hold a meeting with the chairmen of 87 KRT Sentul to brief them on the rules and regulations, dos and don’ts of operations for SRS and on abiding by the law for smooth operations, ” the Sentul police chief said.
“They have to know their task and responsibilities. They must understand that there are laws and procedures so that they will not be blamed for any possible unwanted actions.”
Kepong Baru Voluntary Patrol Scheme leader Lim Chi Kiong said there were 12 to 18 volunteers patrolling twice a week on motorcycles.
“We started patrolling since July and will make our rounds not only in Kepong Baru C but also help keep watch in nearby areas, ” said Lim who was the person behind the formation of the SRS.
KRT chairman Loh Kok Wai said the Kepong Baru SRS team would assist to keep watch on other areas because the KRTs in other neighbourhoods had yet to take off.
“There are four KRTs in neighbouring housing estates but they have not started the SRS yet.
“The patrol unit will focus on main roads, community parks and commercial areas, ” he said.
ACP Shanmugamoorthy said the police officers would brief the SRS before they went on patrols.
He added that the police officers would join in patrolling efforts every now and then.
“I joined the residents once when they went out on patrol and will join them again, now that I am a member of KRT and SRS, “ said Matthew Tan, a 35-year-old volunteer who owns a house in the area.
National Unity and Integration Department Sentul district unity officer Sukri Omar said patrolling hours were from midnight to 5am.
He said the department approved the SRS initiative on May 7 and that personal accident insurance coverage was available for KRT and SRS members on duty.
Kepong Community Service Centre head Yee Poh Ping said he was happy with efforts taken by the residents to keep the crime rate down.
Yee appealed to all residents to pay their monthly security fees as it would help the SRS carry out their duties effectively.
“Only 40 to 60% of houseowners pay the monthly fee, ” said Yee who was concerned about areas that still had no security services.