07 October 2014
Oral Reply to Parliamentary Question on installation of CCTVs at housing estates by Mr S Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs and Trade & Industry
Er Dr Lee Bee Wah: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs (a) whether CCTVs can be installed at all new BTO flats to increase security in the estate before residents collect their keys; and (b) how MHA and HDB are coordinating efforts to make housing estates more secure.
As part of the Community Policing System (COPS), Police will install cameras at all 10,000 HDB blocks and multi-storey car parks (MSCPs) by 2016. These include both existing HDB blocks and new HDB blocks that will be completed by 2016. The installation programme is on track and we are currently at the one-third mark, having installed 18,000 cameras in 3,300 blocks. I would like to thank Members for their support of the installation of Police Cameras at their respective wards.
2. Police considers a variety of factors such as local crime trends, community feedback and Town Council recommendations when deciding on the installation schedule, whether for existing or newly built HDB blocks. To expedite installation in new HDB blocks, Police has worked with HDB to incorporate Police Camera requirements into the design.
3. Police also works closely with the HDB to enhance the safety and security of housing estates. Police crime prevention advisories are featured on the HDB website and publications to raise residents’ crime awareness and vigilance. HDB also takes Police security inputs into account when carrying out development or infrastructural works.
4. In addition, Police is an active partner at HDB events organised for residents at new housing precincts. At these events, Police disseminates crime prevention advisories and invites new residents to join Neighbourhood Watch Groups or partner the Police in joint patrols under the Citizens-on-Patrol initiative.