BETWEEN 2015 and 2020, the Energy Commission received 633 applications from homeowners to instal electric fences at their property.
The trend changed every year but there has been a decline in application in 2019 and 2020.
There were 141 applications in 2019 and 109 last year, said an Energy Commission spokesperson.
Homeowners are allowed to instal electric fences by engaging only with contractors registered with the Energy Commission.
The spokesperson said home owners cannot do the installation themselves.
Homeowners must engage with the list of providers found on the commission website at https://ecos.st.gov.my/ms/senarai-kontraktor-elektrik-berdaftar.
The guidelines for the installation is available at https://ecos.st.gov.my.
Among the requirements is to complete Form G, which is a certificate of supervision and completion that has to be signed by a competent electrician.
Form H required tests to be carried out and signed by an electrical service engineer.
Homeowners must be responsible to adhere to the law such as the by-laws involving the local council for installing electric fences.
“Homeowners must obtain a letter of consent from their immediate or close neighbour, local council, and utilities company before applying to the Energy Commission, ” said the spokesperson.
The installation has to be based on the MS IEC 60335-2-76.
In case of injuries during a break-in, the investigation would be conducted by the commission.
The Energy Commission will act on any breach of law under the Electricity Supply Act 1990 and/or Electricity Regulations 1994.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) said installation of electric fence fell under the jurisdiction of the commission, while a Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) spokesperson said no approval was given by the council to instal electric wires.
“The council only grants approval for structures but the electrical cables are not under our jurisdiction, ” added the spokesperson.
However, the council would consider giving approval if the house owner received approval from the Energy Commission.