THE Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF), as the largest crime prevention organisation in the country, expresses full support for the implementation of the crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) programme, which is crime prevention through environment design.
The foundation calls on all those in the building industry, such as developers, builders, planners and architects, to implement the CPTED concept to curb crime in our communities.
The concept has as its basic premise that the proper design and effective use of the physical environment can lead to a reduction in the incidence and fear of crime, thereby improving quality of life.
CPTED concepts and strategies have been used successfully in a variety of settings around the globe to combat crime.
Crime can be reduced if there are fewer opportunities for it to occur. One way to deny criminals the opportunity is to adopt the concept.
Through CPTED, urban planners and property developers can contribute towards the reduction of criminal activities.
Crime prevention through police law enforcement alone is not sufficient.
We need professionals to implement proper design and effective use of the physical environment to reduce the opportunities for criminal activities to occur.
For example, buildings, houses, parks, pedestrian bridges, roads and back lanes could and should be designed to minimise opportunities for crimes to occur.
The MCPF, which is actively involved in programmes to promote public-police cooperation in crime prevention, calls for greater collaboration between the Government and all stakeholders, such as the business community, residents, professionals and the public, to combat crime.
Policy-makers, law enforcers and the various strata of society must stand up to the challenge to make our cities, towns and rural areas safe and liveable.
Continuous efforts must be made to reduce crime, lessen the fear of crime and create safer cities and towns where economic enterprises and community life can flourish.
The agenda to control and prevent crime demands a synergistic, concerted and tireless endeavour from everyone.
The MCPF calls on all local authorities to implement the Safe City Programme initiated by the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry.
Under the programme introduced in 2004, local authorities are required to have pedestrian walkways separated from motorised lanes, clearing of unkempt and abandoned areas, installation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras as well as having adequate lighting and safety mirrors.
These are among the 15 steps to be undertaken by the local authorities.
The MCPF is one of the prime movers for the Safe City Programme through its Safe City Initiative, launched way back in the 1990s, that has now been adopted by the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry.
Crime prevention in both urban and rural areas is no longer the sole responsibility of the police.
All other stakeholders such as local authorities, housing developers, residents associations and the public, have an important role to play in working with the police for the reduction and elimination of crime in our respective communities.
TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE
Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation
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