82 crime-prone areas soon to come under CCTV surveillance
TRICHY: Reiterating the vital role of closed circuit television cameras (CCTV) play in crime prevention, the Trichy district rural police have embarked on a move to set up surveillance cameras in 82 crime-prone areas across the rural parts of the district.
To begin with, CCTV cameras were installed in the famous Samayapuram temple area on the outskirts of Trichy. The rural police have joined hands with a private firm Sky Communication Private Limited in Trichy to equip their force with the much-needed facility.
Eight CCTV cameras were set up at Santhai Gate, opposite Sannathi Street, Old Bus Stand, Marudhur Road Curve, Gold Coin Hotel in the first phase of installation on Wednesday.
Superintendent of police (SP) S Rajeswari of Trichy district inaugurated the surveillance operation at the Samayapuram police station. The footages of the cameras will be monitored from the police station round the clock by policemen on duty. In fact, police have proposed to install 20 cameras in Samayapuram area.
The plan for installation of CCTV cameras in the crime-prone areas was not new for the rural police. The rising incidences of house break-ins, chain snatching, and robbery in the rural parts had forced police to take preventive measures. It took a long time for them to realize their plan.
The rural police also have charted a plan to bring almost all the vulnerable areas in the district under surveillance by installing CCTV cameras in the next 15 days. As per their plan, 10 cameras in No-1 Toll Gate, 12 in Thiruverumbur, 14 in Manapparai, six in Lalgudi, nine in Musiri, seven in Thuraiyur and four in Geeyapuram will be installed for thorough surveillance. The footages will be monitored at the respective police stations of their areas.
The rural police said that the installation of the CCTV cameras would be a deterrent to the crimes which have been frightening the people in the rural parts of the district for a long time .
It may be recalled that Trichy city police have recently appealed to the city residents to install CCTV cameras in their areas on their own. The residents of Bharathi Nagar on Vayaloor Road set up CCTV cameras recently.