PILOT PROJECT: Security infrastructure to begin with Iskandar
JOHOR BARU: JOHOR police will embark on a pilot project to link all privately-owned closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to its command centre as part of its policing and security infrastructure for the Iskandar Malaysia region.
The project, which is the first in the country, aims to see 1,200 CCTVs located at business premises integrated into the state police headquarters' Central Command Centre (CCC) to be monitored round the clock by a dedicated team.
State police chief Datuk Mokhtar Shariff said the state was in a unique position to start the project as the system was in tandem with being part of the wider geographical information system (GIS) for Iskandar Malaysia.
"In addition to having a quicker response time during any crime, the CCTVs will also allow us to compile data and reference as part of the GIS input," he said after a security briefing for Johor-based supermarket owners at the state police headquarters yesterday.
Mokhtar said police would encourage owners of premises to participate in the project, which will officially take off on Aug 25.
However, he said the cost of linking and integrating CCTVs to the police would have to be borne by the respective business owners.
Mokhtar said business owners who did not want their CCTV systems to be linked could also have the option to be part of the Safe Camp programme, where their cameras will be used by police for investigation purposes.
"We are flexible and we understand if business owners are not prepared to bear the cost yet. Nevertheless, we do hope that they will take this opportunity to have their security systems linked to the state police," he said.
Once the system is in place, policemen at the CCC can view and provide real-time visuals at the scene of any reported incident to enable the appropriate emergency services to be dispatched immediately.
It is learnt that state police are also working on a three-tier CCTV network system in tandem with the wireless communication system. This can be used at the police station level, District Command Centre and finally at the CCC to provide better efficiency.
On the issue of privacy, Mokhtar said police did not see this as an issue as the system was focused on public areas and also businesses.
"Our priority is to work together with business owners to enhance security in the premises and not peek into people's personal lives," he said, adding that CCTVs acted as a deterrent against crime in many instances.