05 August 2014

Written Reply to Parliamentary Question on Installations of CCTVs at Blocks of flats

 Question:

Ms Lee Li Lian: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs whether the Ministry can expedite the installation of CCTVs at selected blocks of flats ahead of their scheduled installation especially in places that have frequent police reports of vandalism, robbery and loanshark activities.   

Oral  reply by Mr Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for National Security and Minister for Home Affairs:

              As part of the Community Policing System (COPS), Police will install cameras at all 10,000 HDB blocks and multi-storey car parks (MSCPs).  Since May 2012, a total of 18,000 Police Cameras have been installed in 3,300 HDB blocks and MSCPs across all 16 Town Councils and the 87 wards that they cover.  Installation of Police Cameras at the remaining HDB blocks and MSCPs is on track for completion by 2016.  Residents have welcomed this initiative, and we would like to thank the Member for supporting the installation of cameras in her ward.

2.           The selection of blocks and installation schedule take into account a variety of factors such as local crime trends, community feedback and recommendations from the Town Councils.  The objective is to maximize the impact of Police Cameras to prevent, deter and detect crime.  Police reviews the installation schedule regularly.  Such reviews allow us to adjust the schedule in response to changes in ground situations.  

3.           In addition to Police cameras installed at the entry and exit points of HDB blocks and MSCPs, the COPS programme involves the setting up of the Community Policing Unit and the Crime Strike Force in the Neighbourhood Police Centres to enhance Police presence on the ground.  The officers in these units partner the community on crime prevention projects as well as work closely with community groups such as Citizens-on-Patrol and Neighbourhood Watch Groups to keep our neighbourhoods safe and secure.