The Police Department is to install a 100 more closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in Colombo to enhance surveillance, prevent crimes and detect persons who violate traffic laws.
108 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras worth Rs.350 million were installed in 2010 in 28 locations and it is monitored by a special unit from the Mounted Police Division building situated in Olcott Mawatha.
The CCTV cameras will be modernised to the level where they can identify individuals (Automated facial recognition) and to identify vehicle numbers (Automated number plate recognition).
The unit is conducting round the clock observation through the cameras to combat crime and to carry out surveillance and collect information. In 2010 these cameras were installed at the Thunmulla Junction, Lipton Circus, at flyovers, high security zones and in Maradana.
“We can monitor crimes that take place within the city, persons who violate traffic laws and those who try to escape from police custody. It would be also used to identify criminals who avoid arrest after committing crimes,” police spokesman Ajith Rohana said.
Police hope that the installation of more CCTV cameras will make a considerable impact in reducing crimes in public places such as railway stations, bus stops, junctions and places in and around public institutions.
CCTV camera systems are used around the world to aid police investigations. Crimes such as bank robberies have been solved using this camera system. The use of CCTV cameras is not only for crime prevention, but also for crime detection and prosecution. (Supun Dias)
Mahmood Ashraf Wednesday, 18 January 2012 05:22 AM
350 Million for 108 Cameras??? what a shame!!!
asoka abeywardena Wednesday, 18 January 2012 05:49 AM
yes Mr. Mahmood Ashraf, whats the problem...it is 3.2 million approx. for fixing one camera...and this estimate was given by the government...so definitely the price has to be more...our ministers and secretaries are really honest to its people and you do not have to worry...you think they cheat...? NO never in this country...
asoka abeywardena Wednesday, 18 January 2012 05:53 AM
Crimes such as bank robberies...??? well, what about the robbers at palace diyawanna...and the kelaniya robbers...could these CCTV cameras solve this too...?
kan Wednesday, 18 January 2012 06:11 AM
There has been no news the ones installed earlier, now some more are coming.
brilliant Wednesday, 18 January 2012 09:18 AM
Lankawe apey Lankawe !!
manike Wednesday, 18 January 2012 12:05 PM
Who is getting the commission this time?
Ranjith Wednesday, 18 January 2012 03:25 PM
Big brother is watching you.
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