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Published by The Star

PETALING JAYA: Groups and experts have stressed on the need for practical approaches to fight crime and to make the Government’s United Against Crime campaign a success.

Chico Force Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Datuk Seri Juniur Khoo, whose company is involved in a Government pilot security project at Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR) in Klang, said strategic location of CCTV cameras and their proper monitoring were important.

“It (better security) does not just have to be via the number of guards, but strategic placement of CCTV cameras and monitoring them closely.

“We have proven this with our project at HTAR and have successfully brought down the crime rate there,” he said, adding that the hospital had undergone a “security transformation” over the past 15 months.

Khoo said local security firms could benefit from more exposure by tying up with international security experts to learn about the latest in security technology.

Bukit Bintang-KLCC Tourism Association chairman and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur chief executive officer Joyce Yap called for better training for security guards, adding that more CCTV cameras and guards were needed at shopping complexes.

However, she noted that many Malaysians refused to work as security guards, leading to most companies engaging foreign labour.

Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the anti-crime campaign should do more in engaging the public in talks and self-defence workshops, and improving confidence with the police, adding that a pledge in the form giving one’s signature was purely an expression of support.

Lee also stressed on continuing efforts with police presence in public areas and dialogue between residents and their local law enforcement representatives to improve security.

Real Estate and Housing Developers’ Association president Datuk Seri Michael Yam said developers supported the campaign because security in housing areas was directly related to property value.

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