THE increasing crime rate in Section 14, Petaling Jaya has residents hoping for closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) to be installed in hotspots in the neighbourhood.
Section 14A Residents Association pro-tem committee secretary Dr Malini Shanmu-ganathan said CCTVs would deter criminals from entering their area.
“It might scare them off when they realise there is a camera here that will capture their movements,” she said.
Dr Malini said two months ago, a woman fell victim to robbers on a motorcycle and the incident was captured on a shop’s CCTV near the intersection of Jalan 14/4 and Jalan 14/5.
She said the police were also supportive of their request to have CCTVs installed.
Apart from that, residents also requested for convex mirrors at certain dangerous spots as well as proper road signage.
A fellow resident said there had been several near accidents involving vehicles that could have been avoided if convex mirrors were in place.
According to residents, several officers from the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) had visited the area on Sept 14.
They had informed the residents that they were looking into the possibility of setting up CCTVs.
However, they were informed that mirrors and signboards could be placed first within a few weeks but the CCTVs would be more costly and would take time.
MBPJ councillor Richard Yeoh however said there was a budget approved for it but the implementation was slow.
“There has been no objections and everyone has agreed to it so we should proceed with it as soon as possible,” he added.