SINGAPORE - The Singapore Police Force (SPF) aims to have CCTV cameras covering key entrances and exits at all 10,000 HDB blocks and multi-storey car parks in Singapore, including ground floor lift lobbies and staircase landings.
This was revealed at SPF's Police Workplan Seminar and Exhibition 2012 held today.
In his keynote address, Guest-of-Honour Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Mr Teo Chee Hean said 300 HDB blocks and multi-storey car parks will have cameras installed by the end of this month in the pilot phase.
Another 700 HDB blocks and car parks will start receiving the cameras from the fourth quarter of this year.
"While these cameras will not be monitored 'live', they can deter crime and the images that they record can assist in solving crime," Mr Teo said.
In his speech, Mr Teo also highlighted the need for the police to deepen its partnerships with the community, as they cannot "fight crime effectively on its own".
Hence, SPF will be leveraging on social media to bring its community engagement a step closer to the ground.
Firstly, the SPF will be launching its Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC) Facebook pilot at Choa Chu Kang and Tampines NPC in May 2012.
Under the year-long pilot project, these NPC-level Facebook pages will serve as localised communication platforms where the content will be customised to address the local community's needs.
SPF will also be piloting "live" e-Townhall discussions on topics of concern, such as loansharking and youth crime.