CCTVs help us in our work, says police chief

Police are disappointed with building owners who have not installed or upgraded closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera systems at their premises. 

City police chief Comm Mustafa Abdullah said CCTVs had proven to be effective in crime prevention, but building owners did not take the matter seriously. 

“Installing CCTVs is one thing, but the owners must look into their quality and maintenance as well,'' he said, adding that in the recent case of serial rapist Beh Soon Hock, it was due to good CCTV footages that helped police capture him.  

“In most cases, CCTV footages are not clear enough and this hampers police investigations,” said Comm Mustafa. “We urge hotels, shopping complexes, jewellers, moneychangers, pawnshops, entertainment spots and outlets operating 24 hours to have proper CCTV systems.”  

Comm Mustafa also cited last week's incident at Starhill shopping complex where a 27-year-old salesman was shot dead and his colleague seriously wounded when they chased a gunman who had robbed their jewellery outlet. 

“The incident occurred at an upmarket shopping complex and we could not get a clear footage of the suspect despite him being inside the jewellery outlet.  

“The CCTV was not good enough and because of this we have yet to identify the suspect.”  

Comm Mustafa said if every building and outlet had proper CCTV systems, it would not only be easy to nab culprits but deter them from committing crime, too.  

He said the CCTVs should be placed strategically and building owners should hire security companies to monitor them. 

“They must be installed at entrances, lobbies, corridors and near lifts to observe the people moving in and out of the building. It also would be better if private security companies took control of the CCTV operations.”

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