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Hyderabad Police ask Old City traders to install CCTV cameras

Hyderabad Police ask Old City traders to install CCTV cameras
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In order to spread awareness among business community about the proposed installation of CCTVs in parts of the Old City, the city police conducted an awareness programme at Salarjung Museum auditorium on Monday. The programme, organised by the South Zone police, was attended by several shop owners from the Old City.

Hyderabad: In order to spread awareness among business community about the proposed installation of CCTVs in parts of the Old City, the city police conducted an awareness programme at Salarjung Museum auditorium on Monday. The programme, organised by the South Zone police, was attended by several shop owners from the Old City.

Speaking on the occasion, City Police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy described it as an initiative to bring in development in the Old City on par with other developed areas in the twin cities. He felt the project would serve the purpose of the Public Safety Act 2013, as the cameras installed outside each business establishment would cover a specified area of road. “If there is any untoward incident or law and order problem, the police would identify the criminals with the help of its recording,” he said.

Stating that the people were ‘police without uniforms’, Mahender Reddy said they were bound to install the cameras for their own safety and others. This, he said, would be the prioritised from the first week of January 2015 to ensure all the establishments had cameras which were functional. Later speaking to media, he said the city police would not compel the business establishments to install CCTV cameras, but only encourage them to so.

He also advised the business establishments in a locality to team up for installing cameras, which synchronised with that of the neighbours in covering maximum area without redundancy. “Engaging a watchful security guard would completely reduce the requirement of the police,” he noted.

Mahender Reddy said the government would spend Rs 600 crores for the purpose where 10,000 cameras would be installed in the city. Two committees were constituted by the Chief Secretary for materialising this. He asked the business establishments to buy quality cameras from the vendors listed on the city police website.

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