Monday, September 11, 2006

Emergency Hotline Posts...

Launched in Bukit Bintang last week.

Emergency hotline posts around the city

This emergency hotline post may soon be a common feature around the capital as police show their determination to come down hard on crime.

The first of these new posts had been erected at the Yayasan Selangor building in Bukit Bintang with Kuala Lumpur chosen by the Federal police as the pilot city for this project.

The post is quite basic as it has been fitted with an intercom, speaker and a closed-circuit television camera to monitor prank calls or to identify the person in distress.

A senior police officer told the New Straits Times: "This project is the brainchild of the Federal police headquarters, and there are big ideas in the mix.

"If the pilot project is successful, it might be introduced nationwide in the major cities. For now, the public should get used to this post being a common feature in the capital city."

Read original article and view the picture here.

Don't know how effective this wayphone system can be, but it's definitely better than erecting wooden police booths around town, which is quite an eyesore and a waste of resources.

I also hear that during the launching, the demonstration of the system was overly done, with screeching police cars and even included a hovering helicopter. 0.o Reminds me of the Proton Savvy car ad.

However, I sincerely hope that they live up to what they have demonstrated there when the going gets tough.

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