CCTV cameras a boon in crime prevention

Kudos to the relevant agencies for installing closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at their respective locations to deter loan sharks, nab litterbugs and stop illegal parking ("Network of CCTV cameras proving effective"; March 9).

The initial fear among certain quarters that CCTV cameras would be tantamount to an intrusion of privacy is unfounded, as the benefits far outweigh any drawbacks.

On the contrary, these cameras have proven to be effective in all areas of installation.

In particular, CCTV cameras located at the entrance to lifts and at staircases at void decks of Housing Board flats serve as deterrence against crime.

The initiative by the Singapore Police Force helps to alleviate its manpower crunch and facilitate the redeployment of its staff to more critical areas.

Theft and burglary in flats would also fall in number, as culprits know that their escape via lifts or staircases can be captured.

The same goes for cases of stalking, mugging or any form of harassment.

More importantly, the presence of these cameras gives residents, especially women, greater assurance of safety when they return home late at night.

Andrew Seow Chwee Guan