Bangsar residents are working towards setting up a community policing scheme in the neighbourhood with the help to improve security in the area.
“We already had a briefing or laboratory as they call it, with Brickfields OCPD ACP Muhammad Azlee Abdullah in October last year and are now ironing out some details before we can start,” said Bukit Bandaraya Residents Association president Datuk M. Ali.
He said they have identified three locations as possible sites to build a beat base.
The three locations are in front of the recreational park along Jalan Jejawi, near the Bukit Bandaraya Community Centre and close to the Petronas station along Lorong Maarof.
“These sites can also double up as a police beat base and hopefully improve interaction between the police and the community.
“It will also lead to increased police visibility in the area which will help reduce crimes of opportunity,” said Ali, adding that crime in the neighbourhood such as snatch thefts and break-ins was on the rise.
Security zones have also been created to ease patrolling.
“Some residents have also sent applications to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to set up a guarded neighbourhood. These are in areas which have cul-de-sacs and are not a main thoroughfare,” he said.
Conditions imposed include manned barriers and that 85% of those in the locality agree to the scheme.
Ali added that the public would not be barred from passing through but the guards will monitor their movements and ensure they leave the area.
In a recent dialogue with the police which was organised by Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, residents raised concerns about security in the area.