With the motto of making the Visakhapatnam city safe, the city police have been insisting on the installation of CCTV cameras at all self-owned premises and private establishments in the name — ‘Mana Illu – Mana Badhyatha.’ Towards this end, the city police issued a promulgation order in the past in order to enforce the installation of CCTVs by big private establishments and apartments within the 31st of March.
Now, in a bid to check to whether the directives have been followed in letter and spirit, the city police have intensified the drives in all divisions from April 1 and impressing upon residents of apartment complexes and private establishments on the need to install CCTVs in their premises. Vizag police chief Manish Kumar Sinha told Hello Vizag, that in spite of repeated requests, some of the private establishments have not installed CCTVs, especially big ones, who can afford the installation charges. Because of this, offenses are increasing on a regular basis at reputed resorts and jewelry showrooms. Having CCTV cameras will help in building confidence and a sense of security among the citizens, and also deter perpetrators from committing the crime as their acts will be recorded, he added
The chorus for of installation of CCTVs grows louder because of the gains achieved by the police by arresting the accused and recovered the stolen property belongs to Karakachettu Polamamba temple within two weeks with the help of a CCTV camera in a shop at Poorna Market, wherein the accused had purchased some implements. On a similar pattern, in many other cases, the CCTVs are playing a pivotal role in preventing crimes apart from helping the police to investigate, detect crimes and also to collect scientific evidence to bring the perpetrators to book.
Mr. Sinha said that, since two months ago, we have issued the promulgation order to enforce the installation of CCTVs by private establishments. The police will not be coercive in its approach and will not bookcases routinely. The measure is just to improve compliance of the law by those persons and establishments,” the Commissioner of Police said. Stating further Mr. Sinha said in many cases, like in the recent Karakachettu Polamamba temple theft case, we are able to nab the culprit through CCTV image. And also, Cameras help in gathering scientific evidence in the form of footages resulting in the conviction of the accused in courts. He also stated that the police will also ensure that the measure does not lead to any inconvenience to small establishments.
As per the statistics available with the city police department, there are around 402 lodges in the six sub-divisions — East, Dwaraka, North, West, Harbour and South. Out of 402 lodges, 392 lodges have installed 5,243 CCTV cameras, while 10 lodges are yet to install them. In the East division, out of the total number of 24 lodges, 236 have already installed CCTV cameras. There are total of 1,217 apartments in the six sub-divisions, and only 687 have installed 5,144 CCTV cameras, while 530 apartments are yet to install them. Out of 360 apartments in the Dwaraka sub-divisions, only 148 have installed VVTV cameras. And in South sub-divisions, only 164 have installed CCTV cameras out of 310 apartments. As far as restaurants in the six sub-divisions are concerned, only 417 installed CCTVs out of 624.