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CCTV initiative gaining momentum

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Apart from government residential welfare associations, traders associations and non-governmental organisations are taking keen interest in it

The initiative of city police to popularise installation of closed circuit cameras in Hyderabad is surely gaining momentum with residential welfare associations, traders associations and non-governmental organisations taking keen interest in it.

This year, the project showed good results with CCTV camera networks being taken up at several important places such as Secunderabad railway station surroundings, Balanagar industrial area, popular markets and residential colonies. The CCTV camera network being installed by the public apart there are several cameras mounted at different traffic junctions in the city which have been put up by the government. And time and again these have been helpful in detecting many cases.

For instance, the gold robbery case at Humayunnagar early in 2015 and the sensational kidnap attempt of an industrialist by a greyhounds constable at Jubilee Hills in 2014 were solved with the footage taken from the cameras installed by the shop-owners and traders.

While on the other hand, because of non-functioning or low resolution of the CCTV cameras installed by the government and public, the police could not get any clue.

For instance, the chain snatching incident at Osmania University, while the cameras installed by the police were non-functional, the footage obtained from the cameras installed at commercial establishments did not have the required clarity to nail the culprits. “Had at least one camera captured the visuals of the suspects, the case could have been cracked,” a police official felt.

Generally, the CCTV networks installed by private buildings or small traders do not have high resolution. “The shopkeepers do not intend to spend much money on cameras. It is for the fear of police that they are installing them in their shops and do not bother about the resolution and quality of the footage,” another police official explained.

As a result when the police try to zoom in on a person or a vehicle, the pixels break and images are not visible.

Moreover, there are just a handful of night vision cameras installed on the city roads. Police sources said that only private institutions have installed night vision cameras on their premises.

The police officials should see that the patrolling constables conduct checks at the shops and ensure that the CCTV cameras of proper specifications are installed in the shops.

Reporting by Asif Yar Khan



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