To fight crime, let’s have a national CCTV policy

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 20 Jan 2018

SUBANG JAYA: The Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) has proposed that the Government establish a national policy on closed-circuit television (CCTV).

Its vice-chairman Datuk Seri Ayub Yaakob said the proposal was made during the one-day Selangor MCPF townhall discussion on effective strategies in prevention of crime and drug abuse here Saturday.

“We have seen billions of ringgit being spent and CCTVs installed everywhere, but none of them followed any regulation or policy to assist in crime prevention and criminal investigations.

“Therefore, we urge the Government to formulate a policy as a means of regulating CCTVs as has been implemented in developed countries such as Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom,” he told a press conference after the discussion.

He said MCPF would forward the proposal to the Government soon.

“It is about time that our country has a policy to regulate the installation, quality and contribution of CCTVs to address related issues,” he said.

Meanwhile, Selangor police chief Datuk Mazlan Mansor said the policy would help in facilitating crime investigation.

“The CCTV should be refined in terms of recording and quality to enable police to easily obtain evidence in an incident.

“We often find that CCTVs were not functioning when we wanted to obtain footage from them,” he said, attributing the fault to lack of maintenance. – Bernama



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