Security cameras will be rolled out in areas with crime concerns first

Keywords: Security Camera

THE roll-out of surveillance cameras in local neighbourhoods around Singapore will start in areas where there are greater crime and security concerns, said Mr S. Iswaran in Parliament on Tuesday.

The Second Minister for Home Affairs, replying to a suggestion to set up cameras at loanshark hotspots, affirmed that the police would prioritise the installation of the camera network based on needs.

A consideration would be whether or not the area had security and crime concerns, such as loanshark harassment.

The number of people arrested for loanshark harassment and lending rose by 22 per cent to 1,033 in the first six months of this year, compared to the same period last year.

The police have also been posting on Facebook pictures of those caught on camera for loanshark harassment, to appeal for help in nabbing them.

Starting in April this year, the first of the closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras had been installed in Bishan, Bukit Merah, Clementi, Punggol, Sengkang, Tampines and Woodlands.

These cameras were placed at all key entry and exit points of some 300 HDB blocks and multi-storey carparks in these neighbourhoods.

Islandwide installation of the cameras is expected to be completed in 2016.

Note: This article is extracted from The Straits Times; See the origin at: http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/security-cameras-will-be-rolled-out-areas-crime-concerns-first-2012101