BHAVNAGAR: Taking a cue from Vadodara and Surat police who have installed close circuit TV camera surveillance at specific spots of the city to plug the increasing crime rates, Bhavnagar police have decided to follow suit.
In Saurashtra, however, Bhavnagar will become the first city to have such a surveillance system. Sources in the police department said that the city police have already started researching city areas where the cameras can be installed.
“In order to prevent crime and track down offenders in a short time, the department has decided to install the CCTV monitoring units, mostly on main roads, in the city,” said district superintendent of police Rajendra Asari.
Asari had recently visited Vadodara and Surat, where he observed the CCTV system and drew a blue print to replicate and implement it successfully in Bhavnagar.
“Right now, we are still in research phase of the project. We are working out on basis of data and with an engineering team as to which are the most crime infested areas and where the placement of the cameras will be most effective,” he said. The department has decided on 18 units of the surveillance system to be installed. “On a trial basis, we will begin with five to seven cameras and install the rest phase-wise,” Asari added.
Sources said, that apart from installing CCTVs at the roads, police have also sent a letter to different banks in the city, urging them to install CCTVs in their premises.