64 CCTVs connected to police stations in Chennai suburb

By Nivedhika Krishnan Published on Jul 19, 2018 05:00 PM IST

Chennai: In a collaborative effort, traders, shopkeepers and resident welfare associations in the area pooled in funds to set up 64 CCTVs to come under the Pallavaram police station limits in the city suburb.

This has added to the growing network of cameras for both policing and civic administration in the cantonment area, it can be said.

“Surveillance devices with high configurations have been fitted and connected with digital video recorders (DVR) set up in houses or shops nearby, which are in turn linked to jurisdictional police stations. A monitoring officer keeps an eye on the devices,” said an Inspector of Police, Pallavaram.

It may be noted that the initiative to ‘watch’, gained momentum in recent times, after City Commissioner of Police AK Viswanathan, ordered to identify places without surveillance, and install necessary equipment within two months.

According to a senior official, “We are in the midst of assessing the requirement to install additional number of CCTVs. This will bring the whole city including suburban areas under the system’.

“We are coupling technology with visible policing to reduce offences. It has worked really well to keep petty illegal activities under check. This is evident with the number of crimes gradually decreasing this summer when compared to that of previous years,” he added.

Another senior official said, “We created awareness among the citizens as initially we had only few takers. Besides, many were reluctant to spend in installing high quality cameras. They procured inferior quality cables while installation. This served no purpose as the image quality was distorted.”

ALL IN THE GAME

The camera network in the southern suburbs, mostly comprising business areas of Tambaram, Pallavaram, Chrompet, and Adambakkam, now extends up to Nandambakkam and Rajiv Gandhi Salai