The Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) has called on the government to provide a yearly allocation to local authorities to install more closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to combat crime.

In addition, crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED) concept should be created in buildings, housing areas, parks, pedestrian overhead bridges, roads and back lanes to deter criminal behaviour, said MCPF vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.

He said specialist services were needed for effective implementation the CPTED that surmised proper design and effective use of built environment to reduce incidence and fear of crime, and improve the quality of life.

“With the CPTED, city planners and property developers could contribute to the reduction of crimes, he said in a statement Sunday.

He was commenting on Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Chor Chee Heung’s statement that the ministry had spent RM36 million to install 496 CCTV cameras in 25 local councils, including 12 crime hot spots in the country.