Police are approaching residents’ associations and other public representatives to motivate them to install CCTV cameras throughout the city to help detect and prevent crimes.
The police have identified 14,546 locations in the city to install CCTV cameras.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Sukhchain Singh Gill said on Thursday: “We have identified 14,546 potential locations in the city where the cameras can be installed. All the station house officers are approaching the public, including welfare associations and councillors, to motivate them to install CCTV cameras in their respective areas.”
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Gill added that there are already 5,000 CCTV cameras installed in the city. “This is in the first phase. If we succeed in installing cameras in the identified locations, it would help in bringing down the crime incidents in the city. Apart from the city, we are taking village panchayats on board for the initiative,” he said.
Referring to the recent Sector 17 ‘robbery’ case at a diamonds store, Gill said the CCTV footage provided a lead to the police, which helped them solve the case.
Sources in the police said installing cameras in the city is a brain child of the inspector-general of police Tajender Singh Luthra.
The police said all the station house officers have been directed to report on a daily basis about the status of the project. A committee has been formed to be monitored by SSP Gill.
While the police have started approaching the public, the Federation of Sector Welfare Associations Chandigarh (FOSWAC) said the police should take care of privacy of the citizens.
Baljinder Singh Bittu, head, FOSWAC, said: “The station house officers are approaching us to install CCTV cameras. We are also planning to install cameras at the entrance and exit points of all the sectors. However, at the same time the police should take care about the privacy of the people.”