MBSP looking at proposals for safe neighbourhoods via environmental designs

Rozali (purple shirt) launching the Safe City programme 2020 at Jalan Pauh Damai in Permatang Pauh, Penang.

SEBERANG Prai City Council (MBSP) will review project proposals that can be implemented at crime hotspots on the mainland next year, said its mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud.

He said several hotspots such as Penaga in north Seberang Prai, Kota Permai in central Seberang Prai and Bukit Panchor in south Seberang Prai were brought up during the Safe City committee meeting.

“To reduce crime at these areas, we will focus on providing sufficient lighting, separate pedestrian walkways from motorcycles and vehicles, so that pedestrians feel safe; and make it compulsory for closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to be installed at parking areas of new multi-storey buildings.

“We will carry out crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) to create safer neighbourhoods, ” he told reporters after launching the Safe City programme 2020 at Jalan Pauh Damai in Permatang Pauh on Saturday.

During the ceremony, Rozali shared MBSP’s vision of making Seberang Prai a low carbon city and smart city by 2022.

“MBSP has set a focus to become low carbon city by 2022 and carbon neutral city in 2030, which is 10 years from January 2020; and become a zero carbon city by 2050.

“MBSP is also committed to working with other cities in the world to address climate change.

“Seberang Prai is a model of ‘localising 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)s’ which is part of the New Urban Agenda 2030, especially Goal 11: Sustainable Cities And Communities.”

He said the strategies of the Safe City programme included designing a physical environment, management of community participation and public awareness, besides empowering the targeted areas.

“The six steps of the Safe City programme that need to be implemented by the local authorities are sufficient lighting, separation of pedestrian walkways from motorways, security alarms, safety mirrors, CCTV cameras and criminal Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping.

“The purpose of the Safe City programme is to reduce crime rates at the black spots and increase productivity and quality of life of the local community, ”he said.

Meanwhile, Rozali said several projects were carried out to increase the safety at black spots and reduce fear of crime.

“We hope to encourage more people to walk and cycle to work.

“The implementation of the 1.823km pedestrian construction project from Jalan Permatang Pauh and Bandar Perda area is connected to the ‘Cycle to Work’ route in the Eco Corridor and now the entire Bandar Perda has 5km of pedestrian walkways and bicycle paths.

“This creates a better connectivity network between residential areas and the Central Business District (CBD) of Bandar Perda consisting of government and private offices, banks, business centres, restaurants and eateries, educational institutions and leisure areas as well as BEST (Bridge Express Shuttle Transport) and CAT (Central Area Transit) services located in the area, ” he said.

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