KUCHING: The police will set up two traffic observation towers along the Pan Borneo highway soon.
State Traffic and Public Order chief Superintendent Najmi Mustaffa said one tower would be built along the Kuching-Serian road and the other in Bintulu.
"Officers manning the towers will be on the lookout for traffic offenders.
"The information will be passed on to highway patrol units for follow-up action," he said yesterday.
Meanwhile, state Police Commissioner Datuk Talib Jamal said security along the highway would be beefed up with the presence of more patrol units.
He was speaking after launching new highway patrol vehicle units at its logistics base in Batu Kawa yesterday.
Previously, the state only had one unit that operates along the Kuching-Serian road.
The new units will be based in Miri, Bintulu, Sibu, Sarikei and Mukah.
Talib said the Sibu-Bintulu-Miri stretch had been identified as a crime-prone area.
"Two highway robberies were reported last year and one this year, and we believe some cases had not been reported."
Talib said that the new units would enable police to respond faster to emergencies.
"This is because if anything happens along the Sibu-Bintulu stretch, the nearest station is about 300km away."
He said the state police were also looking into adopting the C41 concept used in the Klang Valley now.
C41 stands for Command, Control, Communications, Computing and Information.
Under the system, all police patrol units are able to check on the background of a suspected vehicle via laptops.
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