Break-ins on the rise in OUG neighbourhood


  • Community
  • Wednesday, 22 Jun 2005

By BAVANI M.

FED up with the spate of thefts in their neighbourhood, a group of residents and the business community in Overseas Union Garden (OUG) in Jalan Kelang Lama are embarking on a safety campaign to protect their homes from being broken into.  

After several break-ins, the residents of the Medan Hujan Rahmat neighbourhood sought help from DAP National Consumer Affairs Bureau secretary Khong Chee Seng to help them protect their homes. 

Khong, who met them recently, advised them to file a police report whenever there was a break in.  

“The break-ins have been occurring during the day, especially in the mornings and afternoons when the owners are not at home.'' 

“They (thieves) would ring the bell of a certain unit and if no one opens the door, they would either pick the lock or break it,'' Khong said, adding that the thieves would usually target laptops, digital cameras, jewellery and loose cash.  

Khong, who is also the personal assistant to Seputeh MP Teresa Kok, suggested three measures for residents to consider. They are: 

  • install an automatic gate that would self-lock itself each time it shuts; 

  • hiring a security firm, or  

  • get a security company to install a CCTV on a high level in each unit. 

    “The CCTV would be linked to a 24-hour coffee shop in their neighbourhood,” he explained. 

    “Most are agreeable to installing a CCTV and eight residents have even agreed to try it out on a trial basis to see if the idea is feasible,'' said Khong. 

    “It is no longer a luxury but a necessity to install CCTVs in homes these days.  

    “The residents have agreed to pool their resources to do this as it is cheaper for them to do it as a group rather than individually,'' he said. 

    Khong added that if the project worked, he would introduce the idea to residents in other parts of OUG as well.  

    For details, call the Seputeh Community Centre at 03-7983 6768.  


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