Alert and vig­i­lant

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says prop­erty man­ager Sukhdew Singh.

As his work sched­ule is flex­i­ble, the 51-year-old com­mits to pa­trolling the neigh­bour­hood in the wee hours of the morn­ing.

Whether it’s people drink­ing al­co­hol in the neigh­bour­hood field, cou­ples be­hav­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ately in cars or ve­hi­cles roam­ing the streets sus­pi­ciously, the pa­trollers keep each other up­dated via a What­sapp chat group and bring any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to the po­lice’s at­ten­tion. Even when they’re not on duty, pa­trolling has honed these res­i­dents’ in­stincts and they are over­all more vig­i­lant.

“They are the eyes and ears of the po­lice,” says as­sis­tant of­fi­cer in charge of Subang Jaya po­lice sta­tion, SI Roslin bin Salleh, who joins the res­i­dents’ pa­trol.

Their ef­forts have paid off for there has been about a 20% drop in crime rates in Subang Jaya to­day, com­pared to a year ago.

DSP Tan Nam Seng, who is the crime pre­ven­tion and com­mu­nity safety depart­ment head in the Subang Jaya po­lice head­quar­ter, says the po­lice and the people must work to­gether, re­port­ing any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity im­me­di­ately, adding the SS14 RT is one of the most ac­tive ones around.

“There are more and more hous­ing de­vel­op­ments now, which means our (sur­veil­lance) area is get­ting big­ger. So, we need the help and co­op­er­a­tion of the RTs.”

Be­sides mak­ing the neigh­bour­hood a safer place, the pa­trols have helped foster a stronger bond within the SS14 com­mu­nity.

“Many of us are work­ing and we hardly meet our neigh­bours. So when we do our rounds, we meet people and get to know them. That’s how I fi­nally got to know who my neigh­bour was,” says 70-year-old doc­tor Ma­hade­van Tham­bi­ra­jah.

Of­ten, after the pa­trollers have gone on their rounds, a few will linger and gather at the RT cabin, a com­mu­nal space used for meet­ings. With plas­tic chairs and ta­bles laid out and pots of tea brewed, the at­mos­phere is warm and wel­com­ing.

Teoh’s 20-year-old son Tien Sh­ern also joins the neigh­bour­hood pa­trols.

“When I was in Form Three, my dad took me to com­mu­nity events and got me to talk to our neigh­bours. It re­ally helped me build my con­fi­dence,” shares the univer­sity stu­dent who en­cour­ages other youths to play an ac­tive role in their com­mu­nity.

The neigh­bour­hood field can be a breed­ing ground for sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­i­ties. SS14 Subang Jaya res­i­dents make sure there are no loi­ter­ers here after mid­night.

After go­ing on their rounds, some of the pa­trollers gather at the SS14 RT cabin and get to know each other over a cup of tea.

SI Roslin says the po­lice ap­pre­ci­ates the com­mu­nity ef­fort be­cause vig­i­lant res­i­dents help keep their neigh­bour­hood safe.

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