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CCTV cameras installed at four places

A surveillance camera installed at Hasthampatti junction in Salem city.— PHOTO: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN

A surveillance camera installed at Hasthampatti junction in Salem city.— PHOTO: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN  

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The city police have installed closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras at four places in the Hasthampatti police limits to monitor vehicular movement and also prevent crime activities in the areas.

The Hasthampatti police had on August 13 sought permission from the Corporation to install cameras at the Anaimedu junction, Sundar Lodge junction, Gandhi Road junction and at Hasthampatti roundtana. These cameras were to be connected to a control unit at the police station through wireless cables.

The Corporation gave permission to install cameras at Anaimedu junction and Sundar Lodge junction while Gandhi Road junction and Hasthampatti roundtana come under the Highways Department. The Corporation asked the Police Department to obtain permission from the Collector and start the work. After obtaining permission from the Collector and the Highways Department, cameras were installed at these junctions and the testing began.

The live footage was inspected by Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime and Traffic) S. Prabhakaran and Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) S. Johnson. It was found that the clarity in capturing the number plate was poor and the cameras were asked to be replaced. Officials said that once high-end cameras were installed in a few days, it would help in monitoring of vehicle movement and to keep track on movement of criminals. Also, traffic violators can be easily booked, they added.

These junctions witness heavy flow of traffic during any part of the day and electronic surveillance would help the police in effective traffic management. The officials said that the city police would install more surveillance cameras at other junction points.

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