Panels to select places to install more security cameras

July 23, 2014

Coimbatore:City Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan said that efforts are under way to make all the 184 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed at traffic signals across the city, work as intended.

Better surveillance

“Efforts are under way for identifying more places where more CCTV cameras could be installed in the city for better surveillance to reduce crime,” he said.

The CCTV cameras and 23 speed dome cameras were allotted to Coimbatore City police during the World Classical Tamil Conference in 2010.

A police official in the city claimed that only 14 of the 184 cameras were functioning.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Pravesh Kumar said that all these cameras were in working condition. “Only the cables connecting them are faulty,” he added.

A sum of Rs.5 lakh was allotted by the government for maintaining these cameras.

Poor maintenance

But due to poor maintenance, the amount has not been given to the company that has taken up the annual maintenance contract (AMC) to keep the cameras working.

“Due to this reason, the contract was cancelled recently. We are in the process of identifying a new AMC contractor,” police officials said.

“On the other hand, some private companies have come forward to erect such cameras in select places. Committees have been formed under Deputy Commissioners for Law and Order, besides Crime and Traffic, to identify places where the cameras could be installed for better surveillance.

The cameras will be monitored from the police stations in the vicinity,” Mr. Viswanathan added.

Source:The Hindu

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