CRIME-FREE ENVIRONMENT: More street lighting and other safety features in 115 areas to help reduce crime rate
KUALA LUMPUR: THE Housing and Local Government Ministry will allocate RM110 million to install various safety features in 115 municipalities under the Safe Cities Programme.
Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung said the programme, launched by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin early this month in Johor Baru, was aimed at creating a safe environment and reducing the crime rate.
The programme is also in line with the Government Transformation Plan to reduce the crime rate.
He said a pilot project implemented in Taman Tun Dr Ismail here late last year had already shown some positive results with a 40 per cent drop in the crime rate.
He said RM92 million would go towards installing lighting, separating walkways from motorways, safety mirrors, signages, emergency alarms and locked motorcycle parking spaces.
Another RM13 million will go towards developing Phase Three of the Safe Cities Monitoring System involving 19 local authorities and 152 new police stations, and RM5 million for the installation of 496 closed circuit television cameras at 25 municipalities.
With the success in TTDI, he said there were plans to instruct the local authorities to encourage developers to incorporate elements of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Designs (CPTED) in designing buildings.
Among the CPTED elements implemented in TTDI include upgrading 150 street lamps with higher wattage bulbs, building guardrails along 2.1km of pedestrian walkways, placing bollards at the two access roads to Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, fixing eight safety mirrors to increase visibility in blind spots near banks, dead ends and alleyways and setting up a Rukun Tetangga sector in the Abang Haji Openg zone.
Chor said the joint partnership between his ministry and other parties, including the Home Ministry, Kuala Lumpur City Hall, Naza TTDI and the TTDI Residents' Association, had helped make it a success.
However, he reminded residents that the responsibility for crime prevention and crime reduction should not be left to the police alone.
"It's impossible to expect the police to be at our side 24 hours a day. The residents must also be more active in helping the authorities reduce crime rate."