Malaysia sets 2020 goals in battle against crime
MALAYSIANS can expect safer surroundings by 2020 as one of the strategic thrusts in the 11th Malaysia Plan to improve well-being for all.
Crime prevention will get a boost through strategies such as "omnipresence", the Safe City Programme and volunteerism programmes.
Police response time to distress calls will be improved from 12 minutes to eight minutes, particularly in urban areas and major cities, via an integrated information system known as the Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Integration system.
With an aim to reduce the crime index by 5 per cent annually and increase the perception of safety from 39 per cent last year to 60 per cent in 2020, omnipresence will be improved by redeploying more personnel to the task of crime prevention.
Awareness programmes conducted by the Malaysian Institute of Integrity, and greater oversight by both the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission and the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission, will help bolster the integrity of enforcement personnel.
The capabilities of law enforcement personnel will also be improved through specialised training and exchange programmes with international policing bodies.
Crime prevention efforts will see improvement via intensified collaboration across public- and private-sector stakeholders.
One such measure is the incorporation of "crime prevention through environmental design" elements in the development of new residential and commercial areas.
The private sector will be encouraged to install in hot spots closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras that connect to police control centres through an open network platform.
The public will also be spurred to undertake self-policing efforts by installing theft deterrent systems in their homes, such as CCTV cameras and security alarm systems.
The 10th Malaysia Plan - enforced from 2011 to this year - achieved a 22.7 per cent decline in the crime index between 2011 and last year.
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK