JOHOR BARU: The first hi-tech police patrol vehicle is expected to start cruising the city soon.
The mobile patrol vehicle is installed with advanced devices and linked to the 30 closed circuit television (CCTV) units set up in strategic locations.
Johor Baru mayor Datuk Mohd Naim Nasir said the patrol van, manned by police personnel, was like a mobile operations centre.
He said the patrol team would be able to monitor situations on the streets wherever it is.
“If this works, the idea and system may be used in the whole Iskandar Development Region.
“We will do whatever we can to ensure the safety of everyone in Johor Baru,'' he said.
Mohd Naim said the project, a joint operation between City Hall and the police, was part of plans to build a smart, safe and comfortable city to live in and work.
Also planned is the setting up of an additional 12 CCTVs and four nomadic cameras for the patrol vehicle.
Locations for the CCTVs include Jalan Tebrau, Komtar building, City Square and Holiday Plaza.
Currently, 18 CCTVs are installed in areas under City Hall jurisdiction.
Mohd Naim said the RM1.5mil project is expected to be completed within this year.
“We hope to have 69 CCTVs by 2010,'' he said while leading reporters on a tour of the operations centre at Menara Tabung Haji here yesterday.
The mayor also showed reporters a video clip captured by a CCTV of a man and his friends destroying a pedestrian barricade in the town centre.
He said the group was later arrested by police.
Mohd Naim said the first three CCTVs were set up in 2001 to monitor and control traffic flows along Jalan Tebrau, a main access road into the city.
Johor deputy police chief Senior Asst Comm (I) Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Sharif said the existing 18 CCTVs have proven to be effective in checking crime.
By BEH YUEN HUI
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