SUBANG JAYA: No crime prevention initiative can be successful without the cooperation of the police, private sector, government agencies and residents.
That is why the safe city programme at Bandar Sunway, capitalising on this partnership, is being hailed as a model programme that has effectively kept crime at bay.
Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) vice chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the programme was not just successful in reducing crime but had provided a platform for the Bandar Sunway community to discuss and plan strategies together to reduce crime.
This concept is an MCPF project designed to create a safe living environment for people while minimising crime, Lee said at the event to celebrate the success of the Bandar Sunway safe city programme at the police station.
The implementation of safe city initiatives requires concerted effort and cooperation among city planners who design the environment, developers who build it, government officials that administer the community, and the residents who live there.
It is commendable to see that the Sunway Group has stepped up as the first corporate company to contribute financial-wise to a safer city and to turn a police booth into a police station, said Lee.
Under the safe city programme, the police and Sunway Groups security personnel conduct 24-hour joint patrols to safeguard the Bandar Sunway community.
Sunway City Bhd property investment managing director Ngeow Voon Yean said the Bandar Sunway safe city was first launched in November 2001.
At that time, we installed three CCTV cameras complete with a control room in the police station built at a cost of RM600,000, said Ngeow.
Recently, we upgraded the old CCTVs with nine new wireless ones, and at the same time we worked with Subang Jaya Municipal Council to install five CCTVs.
We have about 600 Sunway security personnel and 83 of them have recently received auxiliary police status and they will graduate on March 14 after eight-weeks of intensive training, he added.
Subang Jaya assemblyman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng said a special committee comprising representatives from the MCPF, government agencies, police, Sunway Group, and residents association had been organising road shows and activities to educate the Bandar Sunway community about safe city and Rakan COP.
Also present was Selangor chief police officer Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar, who said the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan had launched 20 police stations and another 15 community centres on Thursday to involve more communities in crime prevention.
Lee added that since a crime prevention campaign was launched in Seri Kembangan before the Chinese New Year, there had been no reported cases of house break-ins.
I would like to see more developers in the country putting in financial resources and initiatives to combat crime, like what Sunway has done.