Residents volunteer to use in-vehicle cameras for crime lookout

‘Vehicles on Watch’, a new community project which encourages residents to report incidents of crime from their in-car cameras, was launched yesterday by Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Teo Chee Hean.

About 760 people, who have cameras in cars and other vehicles across 56 parking areas in Bedok, Changi, Geylang, Marine Parade and Pasir Ris, are taking part in the programme. Footage of suspicious activity can be submitted to the police as evidence.

Each of the carparks has a sign to let people know that the place is ‘guarded by vehicles with in-car cameras’, as a form of deterrence.

DPM Teo noted that a case of theft in February from a van in Geylang had been solved with help from such footage. Police managed to identify and track down the culprit in the video, and he was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

The police have plans to expand the project to cover private estates as well. This latest initiative rides on the growing popularity of such cameras among motorists. Each device costs between $200 and $600.