Andhra Pradesh

Police call upon private units to install CC cameras

DSP Sowmyalatha interacting with students about digital surveillance in Puttur in Chittoor district on Tuesday.

DSP Sowmyalatha interacting with students about digital surveillance in Puttur in Chittoor district on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: ByArrangement

Special focus on public places, including petrol pumps and shopping centres

The Puttur sub-division police have sought private establishments such as petrol pumps and shops close to congested circles to install closed-circuit (CC) cameras.

These will be in addition to the 300 cameras, including the 150 connected to the Real Time Governance State (RTGS) Centre, covering highways towards Chennai, Kancheepuram, Tirupati and Chittoor.

Increased traffic

Speaking to reporters in Puttur on Tuesday, Deputy Superintendent of Police Sowmyalatha said with increased vehicular traffic on national highways surveillance there had been stepped up.

“Several hit-and-run cases, traffic violations and crimes have been caught on cameras and helped the police in dealing with them. We want to intensify surveillance at public places such as bus stands, shopping centres, educational institutions, banks, petrol pumps and vegetable markets,” Ms. Sowmyalatha said.

“Special focus is on vital junctions in the town including the Punnami Circle, the Narayanavanam road, the Nagari road and the overbridge between Puttur and Tirupati,” she said, adding that an awareness drive for private establishments on the installation of cameras would be held soon.

Monkey menace

Ms. Sowmyalatha said the high-resolution Matrix cameras could clearly capture vehicle registration numbers and facial features of people.

However, she said, monkey menace posed a challenge to the police to maintain the network. Two home guards had been assigned to repair the network in case of damage by monkeys.

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