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LOOK, WHO’S WATCHING: The crowded NSB Road in Tiruchi. —
LOOK, WHO’S WATCHING: The crowded NSB Road in Tiruchi. —

Surveillance cameras will help police to identify criminals, says

R. Rajaram

City’s prime business hubs – NSB Road and Big Bazaar Street – and the ever bustling Chathiram Bus Stand will soon be brought under increased vigilance with the police deciding to install surveillance cameras at strategic points.

With the monitoring system through surveillance cameras inside the Central Bus Stand in place now, the city police has planned to extend the technology-oriented policing initiative to the business nerve centres and the Chathiram Bus Stand to keep a tab on criminals.

The authorities have timed the installation ahead of ‘Deepavali’ festival keeping in mind the huge rush for shopping in the commercial hubs and the heavy movement in Chathiram bus stand.

The law-enforcers plan to install as many as 15 static and three speed dome cameras at strategic locations in and around the Chathiram Bus Stand from where town buses and other route buses originate.

The speed dome cameras, which can pan, tilt and zoom images, and static cameras would be linked to the police outpost at the bus stand and at another sub-control unit for continuous monitoring by police.

Among the host of cameras, three would be installed inside the bus stand, while three more would be put up near the water tank located close by. One would be placed above the police outpost.

Similarly, 15 speed dome cameras would be installed at select points along the NSB Road, Big Bazaar and Chinna Kadai streets. The cameras would be linked to the sub-control units on NSB Road and West Boulevard Road. All the 33 cameras would be installed by November 1, says Commissioner of Police Shankar Jiwal.

The Chathiram Bus Stand and commercial hubs have been favourite spots of criminals.

The cameras, the police believe, will be helpful to the law-enforcers in finding out the identity of the criminals involved in crimes such as baggage-lifting, pocket picking and chain-snatching.

The cameras would serve as a “manpower multiplier” in preventing crimes and help in better monitoring, says Mr. Jiwal. Though the gadgets are primarily meant for crime prevention, it would be also used for traffic regulation.

The authorities are also thinking on the lines of introducing mobile patrols for traffic wing to check traffic-related offences across the city limits.

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