JB: More CCTVs and Cops

The extra police personnel should work, but I sincerely doubt the efficacy of CCTVs – most of the shocking horror-story crimes happen to ordinary civilians in housing areas, not fancy places like Iskandar… Plus, by the time the reviewing of the footage gets started, the perpetrators may be long gone out of state or even across the sea to Indonesia.

From The Star 9 Sept 2009:

More CCTV cameras to prevent crime in Johor Baru

THE number of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be increased from 40 to 2,000 in an effort to boost security in the state capital, especially at Iskandar Malaysia.

Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said the CCTV cameras would be placed at various crime hot spots.

“Currently, the state has only 40 CCTV cameras and the added cameras will help in crime prevention,” he said.

Abdul Ghani said in addition to the surveillance cameras, Johor would also increase the number of police personnel, adding that 948 officers would join the force.

“We are also looking at building community policing posts at various residential areas statewide.

“At least 100 posts will be erected at housing areas to reduce the crime rate,” he added.

Abdul Ghani was replying to Datuk Baderi Dasuki (BN – Panti) who said the crime rate, especially snatch theft incidents, was rampant.

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