Erode town has been brought under a digital surveillance blanket as police have installed closed circuit cameras at major junctions and important places.

Wireless cameras have been installed in 21 places while seven advanced surveillance cameras with the capability to rotate 360 degrees have been placed at Government Hospital junction, Collector Office Road, Kalaimattu Silai Junction, Panneerselvam Park, Clock Tower, Swastik Corner and Cauvery Road.

Police have taken up this initiative to bring down the crime rate and ensure effective traffic management in the town.

The surveillance network would help police deter crimes such as chain snatching and vehicle thefts, besides regulating the vehicular movement in several parts of the town.

Festivals

The cameras would be useful particularly during the festival occasions when the town would witness huge crowds. A control room had also been established at the Office of the Superintendent of Police with television sets to view the live feed from the cameras. A team of personnel had been formed to work in control room round-the-clock.

“The personnel at the field will be alerted immediately if any object or individual arouses suspicion,” a senior police official said.

These cameras will also assist the police in keeping tabs on the movement of vehicles.

The system serves the purpose of identifying traffic offenders and controlling traffic during peak hours.

“The new system will help us initiate stern action against those who frequently violate traffic rules in the town,” he added.

The cameras also have the capability to capture images within a radius of 300 metres. They have sensor facilities for auto-zooming to capture frames of number plates of vehicles and can click clear images even during night hours.

Collector V.K. Shanmugam inaugurated the digital surveillance network on Friday evening in the presence of District Revenue Officer S. Ganesh, Superintendent of Police R. Ponni, Additional Superintendent of Police Sureshkumar and senior officials.

“We have planned to install surveillance cameras at 50 more junctions and crowded places in the district,” officials said.