While conducting a 5 hour Kursus Pendidikan Pemandu course, recently at the driving institute where I am attached to, a student informed me that her place of work, that is Carrefour Supermarket, has installed a total of some 400 C.C.T.V.s at her company establishment to deter shoplifters. C.C.T.V. means “close circuit television cameras”.

Another student of mine, currently studying at a large government Chinese secondary school located in North Klang, informs me that their school has approximately 20 or more C.C.T.V.s installed around their school premises to help curb bad discipline amongst its students.

If readers were to observe carefully, it’s without doubt, they will be able to spot many factories and companies which seem to be installing these modern equipment, especially, at their front entrance to record visitors’ movements. This augurs well for the security of the establishments concerned.

Some time ago, I highlighted the A.E.P. or the Automated Enforcement Programme, in which some 1200 C.C.T.V.s were to be fixed at selected traffic lights and junctions all throughout the country. Perak and Selangor were amongst two of the states the programme was supposed to have been launched by September, 2010.

Even before the Road Transport Department can take off of with its intended programme, the Housing and Local Government Ministry has announced to the country, that C.C.T.V. cameras have been actually installed at 12 hot spots with the highest number of street crimes recorded in the country. According to the Housing and Local Government Ministry, Datuk Chor Chee Heng said that the government will be spending some RM36 million in 2010 under the project of “Safe City Programme”.

Up to date, some 496 C.C.T.V.s at 25 local authorities establishment throughout the country, including the 12 hot spots have been set up. Datuk Chor said this to reporters after launching the Safe City “handbook” in Kuala Lumpur back in July, 2010.

Due to the rapid rise of street crimes in the country, Datuk Chor further reiterated that “Safe City Programme” has been reactivated by the Urban and Rural Planning Department. There are a few hot spots, meaning areas where the crimes rate is considered to be extremely high in our country.

Amongst the areas where crime in reported to be extremely high are Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam, Subang Jaya, Ampang, Klang, Selayang, Johore Bahru, Johore Baru Tengah, Pasir Gudang, Penang and Seberang Prai.

Besides the installation of C.C.T.V. cameras, under the Safe City Programme itinerary, high crime areas are to be well lit, having separate pedestrian walkways, to install safety alarms, to be fixed with panic buttons and the setting up of safety mirrors.

The Ministry of Housing and Local Government informed the people that currently, some 39 local councils are involved with the programme. In time to come, this will be expanded to include 149 local authorities nation wide later. By the end of this year, Sabah and Sarawak, will also be included.

With the implementation of C.C.T.V.s by the local councils, “street crimes” have been reported to have fallen by some 30%. This is indeed good news! C.C.T.V.s is said to have succeeded in curbing street crimes. Its minister, Datuk Chor said, will be installing more C.C.T.V.s under the 10th Malaysia Plan.

Criminals should think over very carefully before they commit a crime. As the saying goes, “your days are numbered!” C.C.T.V.s will in future monitor your every move.

Bank complexes, shopping malls, housing estates and busy thorough fares will soon be equipped with C.C.T.V.s. Such places will become safer for the citizens of Malaysia as a whole. The authorities should be commended for launching a good programme to ensure the safety of its citizens!

After the launching of the relaunching of the Safe City Programme by the Urban and Rural Planning Department, the people awaits the A.E.P. programme of the Road Transport Ministry in the use of C.C.T.V.s at all traffic light junctions throughout the whole country.