PETALING JAYA: Besides
having some 6,224 CCTVs keeping an eye at MRT and LRT stations, there
are teams of uniformed auxiliary policemen patrolling them and even
roving among passengers on board trains.
This was the assurance
given by Prasarana Malaysia Bhd to the almost 150,000 daily commuters
who take the MRT and LRT following the robbery-cum-assault on a woman in
a lift at the Taman Mutiara station in Cheras on Feb 14.
normal situations, there are between 10 and 12 auxiliary policemen in
uniform from our Special Action Unit (SAU) on patrol, including within
“This is for all four rail lines: the LRT Ampang Line,
LRT Sri Petaling Line, LRT Kelana Jaya Line, and MRT Sungai
Buloh-Kajang Line,” the company said in response to queries by The Star.
The SAU teams are in addition to security services provided by auxiliary policemen at all MRT stations.
said its security department was also optimising the work of its
existing Special Task Force team to give more attention to six hotspots:
Taman Mutiara Cheras, Batu 11, Bukit Bintang, Maluri, Kajang and
These areas will see more auxiliary policemen.
company said it was working closely with the relevant authorities
including Bukit Aman’s Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department
to improve on safety.
“But having said this, it is also vital for the public to be alert when in public places – not just at stations and in trains.
will be very useful if they report to us of any suspicious looking
people or items left at stations and trains,” Prasarana said.
the possibility of hiring more auxiliary policemen to monitor its CCTVs,
the company said such a move would incur “significant investments” in
“Currently, we have an auxiliary policeman assigned for
the task, but he is also required to patrol the station as well when
necessary,” Prasarana said.
On the Feb 14 incident, it said the auxiliary policeman was at the security control centre.
“However, the incident was not shown live on the monitor as not all TV monitors capture live images.
total number of live video TV monitors is limited and they cannot cover
all CCTVs installed at the stations, which are more than the total
number of live video TV monitors.
“The 6,224 CCTVs at the stations do not include CCTVs installed in the trains,” the company added.
Against Rape, Assault and Snatch Theft founder Dave Avran said
improving safety and security at the stations should be done in a
holistic manner, and not just as a knee-jerk response to a single
“Improving the facilities alone are not enough as we need to look at passengers’ safety from a holistic point of view.
like snatch thefts and wayside robbery are a matter of opportunity as
the perpetrator is on the lookout for a soft victim.
“We need to continuously work towards improving the safety aspects of our public transport system,” he said.
How safe it is to walk to stations is another important factor.
cited as examples the Cochrane and Taman Connaught MRT stations where
there was no direct pedestrian linkway or bridge to nearby shopping
malls or commercial areas.
This, as well as delays of between 30
minutes and an hour in the feeder bus service could leave commuters
vulnerable to snatch theft or wayside robbery.
Prevention Foundation senior vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye proposed
that the track operators adopt the latest technology to boost the
security for MRT and LRT commuters.
“I would propose that
Prasarana looks into the latest technology to improve the safety of
commuters. They must be prepared to invest in the latest technology,
getting the software and equipment to boost the security at all
stations,” he said.
“I think showing footage live is important
and this must be monitored by sufficient personnel. There should be more
auxiliary police or security guards to patrol at the stations,
especially those with high risks, during early mornings and late
nights,” he suggested.
He said the safety of the MRT users must be given the highest priority.