'PolCams' and 'CarCams' play key role in fighting crimes: Police

Police cameras have been instrumental in helping to solve and deter crimes, according to the latest figures released by police on Friday (Feb 10) morning.
Police cameras have been instrumental in helping to solve and deter crimes, according to the latest figures released by police on Friday (Feb 10) morning. PHOTO: ST FILE
(From left) Director of Commercial Affairs Department David Chew, Director of Public Affairs Department AC Wilson Lim, Deputy Commissioner of Police DC Tan Chye Hee, and Deputy Director of Operations Department AC Jarrod Pereira.
(From left) Director of Commercial Affairs Department David Chew, Director of Public Affairs Department AC Wilson Lim, Deputy Commissioner of Police DC Tan Chye Hee, and Deputy Director of Operations Department AC Jarrod Pereira.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - Police cameras have been instrumental in helping to solve and deter crimes, according to the latest figures released by police on Friday (Feb 10) morning.

Video footage from about 3,400 police cameras - also known as PolCams - were used to solve 1,600 cases as of  2016.

These include theft, unlicensed moneylending and molest cases.

As of July last year, 62,000 police cameras have been installed in Housing Board blocks and multi-storey carparks.

Residents have also played their part in monitoring crime in HDB estates.

 

Since 2015, the Vehicle on Watch programme saw an increase in participation with 5,500 vehicle owners using their dashcams to deter crime in 500 carparks across the island.

Police have also announced the latest pilot programme of surveillance cameras called PolCam 2.0.

In selected estates such as Ang Mo Kio Town Centre, there are 51 of these cameras installed, some of which have sophisticated zoom capabilities and wider areas of coverage.

Some of the bigger cameras are prominently displayed at the sides of HDB blocks, including walkways in hawker centres.

The footage is viewed at command centres.