The ministerial statement mentioned that there were two non-working CCTV cameras, where Mas Selamat climbed out of the Family Visitation Block, because of the security surveillance system upgrades happening at the time.
This is unfortunate. So I tried to think of what we can do the next time upgrading is happening so that this kind of thing will not happen again. I also wanted to choose a cost effective solution. I found these:
I highly recommend this model because it has a blinking LED and an actual wire, so that detainees will think they are working CCTVs and not try anything funny.
Another highly recommended add-on is this Video Surveillance warning sign. Pair the imitation security camera (with blinking LED) and this fierce-looking sign, and you'll have a solid detainee deterrence program in place, while the real cameras are being upgraded (and not working).
From the imitation security camera blurb:
"Want to deter intruders or vandals without spending a lot of money on a security system? Then SVAT's imitation security cameras are the solution for you. The ISC200 is an imitation camera that looks like a real security camera. With the same external components as a functioning security camera, the ICS 200 is a realistic crime prevention investment.
The activation LED light flashes also making the camera look like it is in operation. The actual wire adds reality. Neighbors and visitors will think that you have a complete video surveillance system. This unit can be easily mounted and aimed with its adjustable bracket. Help prevent or deter suspicious activity by placing the security camera in a noticeable place.
The ISC200 can also heighten the effectiveness of an existing security system at a low cost. This camera decoy will make people think twice about stealing or doing damage to your property. Have fun watching how customers and employees react when they think they are being video taped.
This camera looks and functions like the real thing giving you no need to spend money on expensive cameras. This is a great visual deterrent for shoplifting, theft and vandalism. Perfect for any domestic or commercial use such as an office, retail space, business or home. Imitation cameras have demonstrated success in many types of home and businesses such as motels, retail stores, museums, apartments restaurants, automobile lots and many others. ISC200 can also act as a housing for a real camera."