Only 455 of 892 public buildings had installed CCTV system

With many public buildings and commercial establishments in the district yet to comply with the mandatory installation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) system in the district, the Tiruchi police have decided to get tough with those not complying with the rule.

Superintendent of Police S. Rajeswari told presspersons at Samayapuram on Wednesday that only 455 out of the 892 public buildings in the district had till now complied with the government order and installed CCTV system on their premises.

The State government had brought in the Tamil Nadu Urban Local Bodies (Installation of Closed Circuit Television Units in Public Buildings) Rules, 2012 making installation of CCTV units mandatory in all public buildings, commercial establishments and places where public congregated in large numbers as a measure to control crimes.

Following the government directive, the police organised separate meetings with representatives of banks, pawn broker shops, and those of other public buildings driving home the government rule and sensitising them to the importance of installing CCTV to help investigators in crime detection.

The sensitisation meetings would continue at the station-level during which the police would inform the owners and occupiers of public buildings on the mandatory installation of CCTV system on their respective premises, the SP said.

The field-level officers would inspect the buildings in their respective areas in this regard, she said and added that the police would drive home the message that CCTV system should be installed before March first week. She said the police had installed three CCTV units at three public places — one near the Kollidam station and the remaining two at Samayapuram and Tiruverambur to monitor movements. Plans were afoot to install CCTVs at Manapparai and Musiri soon.