Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Budget money boosts security

PETALING JAYA: With RM10,000 allocated to them under Budget 2013, resident associations (RAs) are set to beef up security in their neighbourhoods with top-notch facilities.

Extended perimeter fencing, CCTV cameras and communication devices for the patrolling security guards are among the upgraded security features the RAs are planning to install to improve security in their areas.

Under Budget 2013, the Government has allocated RM40mil for 4,025 RAs registered with the Registrar of Societies to support their role in improving security. Each association will receive RM10,000.

The Government has also allocated RM39mil to support Rukun Tetangga (RT) activities.

USJ 20/1-20/3 RA secretary Leong Siew Meng said the association planned to use the money to extend the security fencing and upgrade CCTV coverage in the area.

“The allocation is timely as we have been wanting to upgrade our neighbourhood's security features for some time,” he added.

He said the neighbourhood had already installed perimeter fencing, CCTVs and boom gates by raising its own funds, but they need to be upgraded.

“Although the crime rate has dropped quite significantly after we set up these crime deterrents, more police visibility in the area will help us residents feel more secure about the safety of our homes.

“We also look forward to better partnership with the police so our efforts will be more effective.

“We are prepared to play a role to help the police maintain security,” he said, welcoming the plan by the police to increase police visibility in neighbourhoods.

Medan Damansara RA secretary Peter Raiappan said his association planned to buy walkie-talkies and a motorcycle for security guards to patrol the area.

“Our area is quite hilly, so it is difficult for the guards to patrol on foot or by bicycle,” he said, adding that the association also planned to install a siren in the neighbourhood to alert residents during emergencies.

SS4D RT chairman Viknes Thambipillai said the money would be useful because break-ins and snatch thefts were still occurring.

He said the association would use the allocation to set up perimeter fencing in the neighbourhood.

“The Government's support for RAs will help enhance security in neighbourhoods,” he said.
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