The city police have issued a promulgation order – Section 144 CrPC- in order to enforce the installation of CCTVs by big private establishments who can afford such installation. The deadline for the installation is the 31st of March, failing which action will be initiated against them under relevant sections. The establishments, which have been asked to install CCTVs are banks, ATMs, financial institutions, jewelry outlets, hotels, guest houses, restaurants, bars and pubs, liquor shops, 10 residential towers, new and upcoming residential towers, new and upcoming office buildings, petrol pumps, shopping complexes, shopping malls, supermarkets, gyms, sports complexes, stadiums, cinema halls and complexes, educational institutions, hospitals, factories, processing units, function halls, and conventions centers.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, Police Commissioner Manish Kumar Sinha said inspite of repeated requests, some of the private establishments have not installed CCTVs, especially big ones, who can afford the installation charges. Due to 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
A few weeks ago, a burglar from Vijayawada had reportedly gained entry into a resort at Rushikonda and made good with about 53 tolas of gold. After four weeks, police nabbed the accused after hard work as there were no clues. The resort though a noted one was not equipped with CCTV cameras. Similarly, some days ago, unidentified miscreants had made good with about 600 grams of gold ornaments from a gold shop in the One Town area. Lack of CCTV cameras is again the reason for growing crime, the police say
Since the last few weeks, the city police have been creating awareness and campaigning for the installation of CCTV cameras for the security of the self-owned premises / private establishments under the campaign ‘Mana Illu- Mana Badhyatha.’
“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.
Sinha said in many cases, the cameras helped police in investigating the crime, and also to gather 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.
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