More CCTVs in housing estates and car parks

MORE closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras could be installed in housing estates, from lift landings and void decks to multi-storey car parks and other public areas. 

The police are exploring the idea, to “deter and detect would-be criminals and enhance security”. 

Last year, snatch thefts in these areas rose by 38% to 161 cases, while rioting incidents at Housing Board blocks increased by 19.5% to 49 cases. 

Yeo: ‘Authorities and transportoperators are lookinginto having CCTV on buses’

The proposal comes in the wake of Transport Minister Yeo Cheow Tong’s disclosure, two days after the July 7 bombings in London, that the authorities and transport operators in Singapore are looking into having CCTV on buses. 

SMRT, which runs the MRT lines, said cameras may also be put on trains. 

Tanjong Pagar Town Council general manager Simon Koh said the police met town council representatives last month to discuss having CCTV cameras in housing estates. 

They now have them in lifts. 

If the police go ahead with their proposal, he expects the cameras to be up at selected blocks by the end of the year. 

The Straits Times understands the models used are likely to be those that record for 24 hours, or only when activated by a motion detector. 

Koh said: “They’d be useful. We’ve caught some arsonists because of those in our lifts.” 

The police have also encountered success in reducing crime and fights in other places which have them. – The Straits Times/ANN  

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