Wednesday July 25, 2012
Neighbourhoods told to install own CCTVs
SIBU: The Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) is hoping that neighbourhood committees here take the initiative to install closed circuit television (CCTV) surveillance cameras in their respective areas.
If they can do that, most, if not all, corners of the town would be covered by the device, thus contributing to reduction of crime rate, said SMC chairman Datuk Tiong Thai King.
“Until now, SMC has installed CCTV surveillance cameras at 54 strategic locations in the town centre, 12 of which were done in 2010 while the rest, last year.
“Before that, SMC had requested several major companies here to help, but response was very unfavourable,” he said.
According to him, at least 100 strategic locations still need the cameras for coverage to be considered “full”.
“I’m talking only about the town proper, not the rural and outskirt areas,” he clarified.
On the existing CCTV installation, Tiong said he had yet to know if these cameras had been used to help solve crimes.
“We will arrange a dialogue with the police to enquire about the real situation pertaining to the matter,” Tiong said during a briefing of Seduan Community Project-Urban Surveillance System & Wireless Broadband Service, which was jointly proposed by Taman Seduan Neighbourhood Committee and Au Yong Village Development and Security Committee.
Under the project, 28 CCTV surveillance cameras will be installed in 14 strategic locations.
The transmission of all the data captured will be performed through broadband service, which will send the required data to the Main Surveillance Command Centre located at the police station. The system will be installed with Licence Plate Recognition System, a powerful system that can capture vehicles’ plate number with precision.
According to the chairman of both the committees, Kapitan Teng King Ho, the project covers Brooke Drive, Jalan Pahlawan, Jalan Pedada and Jalan Deshon, with a total of about 1,500 residential houses.