All out to keep an eye on criminals at Rifle Range

Keeping watch: Filepic of a CCTV camera installed in a lift at Rifle Range

THE state government spent nearly RM90,000 to install 122 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras at the Rifle Range flats.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the move was aimed at reducing crime in the neighbourhood.

He said 24 CCTV cameras costing RM20,000 were installed at eight blocks of flats in October.

This was in addition to the existing 98 which were put up at nine blocks early this year.

The cameras were put up inside and outside the lifts.

Lim said the installation would not guarantee a zero crime rate in the area but would go a long way to make the place safer.

“Although most of the residents here are from the low and middle income groups, they deserve every right to enjoy a safe and secure environment like everyone else.

“We want everyone to feel safe, irrespective of their social status. This is our attempt to help them,” he told reporters after the launching of an additional 24 CCTV cameras at the flats on Tuesday.

It is learnt that although there were 98 cameras set up previously, many residents were living in fear following a snatch theft that caused the death of widow Tan Kim Chuan near Block J in July.

Bouncer Ooi Kean Leong, 35, has since been arrested and charged with Tan’s murder.

Also following the installation of the 98 cameras in February, two people have been nabbed for stealing motorcycles while at least 10 litterbugs have been given warnings.

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