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108 cameras to monitor entire Colombo city

Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa officially commenced operations of the much awaited closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras yesterday which will closely monitor the entire Colombo city.

One hundred and eight closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in 28 locations will monitor the city and a special division to administrate the system has also been set up by the police and will operate from the Mounted Police Division building situated in Olcott Mawatha. The police will maintain continuous observation through the newly installed cameras to combat crime and to carry out surveillance and collect information. Cameras have been installed at Thunmulla Junction, Lipton Circus, Maradana, Wellawatta Bridge, at flyovers and high security zones.

The police are also planning to help ease traffic congestion by giving proper instructions to motorists when heavy traffic jams are observed.

“We will be able to monitor crimes that take place within the city and also 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”, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mahinda Balasuriya said.

The cost of installing the cameras in Colombo was Rs. 228 million and it was borne by the Ministry of Defence. The installation of 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. It has been revealed that CCTV is more effective as an exposure tool than a deterrent.  The use of CCTV cameras is not only for crime prevention, but also for crime detection and prosecution.

Technical assistance was given to the police by Metropolitan Ltd and the University of Moratuwa. Sri Lanka Telecom and the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) also rendered their assistance to complete the project.


Posted on Thursday, December 30, 2010 @ 11:23:48 LKT


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