The Home Ministry is mulling introducing facial recognition CCTVs as a means to combat rising street crimes such as snatch theft.
The move comes as snatch theft cases had recorded almost a 50% rise in the first four months of this year compared to 2015.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said existing CCTV cameras were ineffective for the purpose as they only provided visual capabilities.
“We are looking at installation of cameras at hotspots that allow for facial recognition.
“This will allow us to develop a database of the people coming and going into the area which can then be cross-referenced with the police database,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.
Alternatively, Nur Jazlan said existing cameras under the local councils could be upgraded with facial recognition software programme.
“At present, CCTV cameras come under the jurisdiction of the local council authorities. The proposal will see the cameras integrated with enforcement agencies such as the police,” he added.
Based on police statistics, a total of 1,031 snatch theft cases were reported for the first four months of this year compared to 742 cases for the same period last year.
This represented a 48.7% increase in snatch theft cases.