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Brighter backlanes and more CCTVs to help police keep crime at bay in Geylang

Published on Apr 3, 2014 10:00 PM
Police officers from Geylang Neighbourhood Police Centre patrolling the streets of Geylang Lorong 8 to 14 in the evening of March 3, 2014.  -- ST FILE PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Geylang's backlanes will be brightened up and more CCTVs will be installed to keep crime at bay, said the commanding police officer of the area on Thursday, after Geylang was flagged as a hotspot for crime in a recent high-profile inquiry.

Superintendent (Supt) Loh Kah Wai, of Geylang Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC), said police are working with grassroots leaders, Members of Parliament, and government agencies to improve lighting and monitoring in Geylang. This is on top of regular joint enforcement to deter illegal activities in the area.

In the next two years, 200 CCTVs will be installed. There are also plans to light up more than 30 dimly-lit backlanes as vice tends to flourish in dark lanes.

Geylang has been in the spotlight since a recent session of Committee of Inquiry into the Little India riot, during which Commissioner of Police Ng Joo Hee had highlighted Geylang's crime problem.

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