SECURITY: Community Watch scheme formed with help of police to fight crime
THE streets will be safer for Mont Kiara and Dutamas folk with the formation of Sunrise Community Watch.
The scheme, similar to the Neighbourhood Watch and Rakan Cop concepts, was founded by Sunrise Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of UEM Land Holdings Bhd, in partnership with police.
UEM Land Holdings Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Wan Abdullah Wan Ibrahim hoped that the effort would help to minimise crime and foster closer ties with police.
Among others, the watch will feature auxiliary foot patrol beats, LED screens to display safety tips and emergency numbers and regular crime prevention awareness activities at the community centre.
"Sunrise is incorporating modern technology and we are running trials on the intelligent video system that can detect and send alerts instantaneously in response to a crime," he said at the launch of the community watch recently.
An auxiliary police unit with 60 trained personnel will patrol the Mont Kiara and Dutamas area and carry out closed-circuit television surveillance of public roads for criminal activities.
"We have 45 cameras, with the installation of seven additional units at the end of Jalan Kiara to provide coverage for our latest developments," he said, adding that it had been installing safety features in the neighbourhood since 2005.
Kuala Lumpur chief police officer DCP Datuk Mohmad Salleh said the effort would only succeed with the cooperation and assistance of the public.
"Neighbourhood watch schemes can help to reduce crime as anything amiss or suspicious people and elements would be picked up fast," said Mohmad
The launch also featured booths set up by the Narcotics Crime Investigation Department, Commercial Crime Investigation Department, Rakan Cop and Traffic Police displaying illegal drugs, fake bank notes, photos of road accidents and brochures about the departments.