Noh Omar: Crime rate down 45pc due to CCTVs

Tan Sri Noh Omar said installation of the cameras were done based on the recommendations of the police on crime prone areas in the country. ― Picture by Choo Choy May
Tan Sri Noh Omar said installation of the cameras were done based on the recommendations of the police on crime prone areas in the country. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

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KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 8 ― The installation of closed-circuit televisions (CCTV) in problem areas reduced crime rates there by 45 per cent from 2010 to 2015, Parliament was told today.

Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar said this was also a result of the government's transformation plan.

“Through the collaboration of the PDRM and local councils under the National Key Research Area (NKRA), a total of 992 CCTVs have been installed in 45 local council districts nationwide,” he said in Parliament, referring to the Royal Malaysia Police by its Malay initials.

“However, these areas do not include housing areas.”

He said the installation of the cameras were done based on the recommendations of the police on crime prone areas in the country.

Noh was responding to a question by Barisan Nasional's Sibuti MP Ahmad Lai Bujang, who asked about government's initiative on installing video surveillance cameras in housing areas.

For housing areas, Noh advised residents to conduct their own patrols as well as adopt a approach similar to the Safecam system by the Sarawak police.

The Safecam system is a collaboration between the police and a private firm to tackle crime activities in housing areas through the use of surveillance videos.

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