Move to make Johor Baru safer gets NGO’s thumbs up

Mohammad Salezan: CCTVs will make criminals think twice about committing a crime.

THE Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) has welcomed Johor Baru City Council’s (MBJB) plan to instal more closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

Its Johor Baru south secretary Mohammad Salezan Mohd Salleh said the move would help make the city safer for residents and visitors.

“Having more CCTV cameras installed in and around Johor Baru will create a safer environment for the public.

“This is important as such measures taken by the local council can definitely improve the image of the city, which is the country’s southern gateway,” he told StarMetro.

Mohammad Salezan applauded MBJB’s proactive move in working towards creating a safe environment for city folk.

The cameras, he said, would convince the public that the authorities were prioritising their safety.

“CCTV cannot eradicate crime but what it can do is prevent crime from happening.

“Criminals will think twice before breaking the law if they know their actions are being recorded and can be used against them,” he said.

He noted that CCTV cameras installed by businesses and privately owned premises acted as added precaution.

Mohammad Salezan also urged enforcement agencies to carry out more crime awareness programmes with the public.

“This is because most crimes happen when victims let their guard down.

“People must be vigilant at all times and we should take precautionary measures and not give criminals the opportunity to strike,” he reminded.

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