Police urge shopping malls to upgrade CCTV surveillance
KUALA LUMPUR, July 18 — Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Mohmad Salleh has urged shopping malls to upgrade their closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems to aid police investigations.
“The failure of CCTV systems to function properly is a key factor that prevents police from solving cases fast,” he told reporters after chairing a meeting with 89 security unit chiefs from 80 shopping malls in the city, here today.
The role of CCTV systems in tackling crime should not be dismissed as they could help reduce crime in shopping malls and surrounding areas.
During the meeting, police agreed to delegate a police office to each shopping mall as point of reference when a crime occurs.
Mohmad said police should be allowed to enter basement parking areas to make their presence felt as a deterrent in shopping malls.
“I also urge property owners to enhance security at their premises because safe conditions will give a positive image to the shopping malls.”
On the public outcry over the rise in crime at shopping malls, he said the situation is not serious as there were only nine cases in the first four months of the year.
“Four cases occurred in basement parking areas while the rest were outside business premises.
“With 80 shopping malls in the city, the statistics show that the security situation is under control. It became an issue in society due to over-reporting by certain parties,” he added. — Bernama