Chandigarh: Trying to combat with snatchings and other theft incidents, the Chandigarh Police have managed to get installed 12,000 CCTV (closed-circuit television) cameras around the city corners under the ‘Nigehbaan’ project. The southern division of Chandigarh has the maximum 5,033 CCTV cameras.
Briefing about the details of the camera installed, Chandigarh Police SSP Sukchain Singh Gill said, “The city is under the surveillance of around 12,000 CCTV cameras at present. Our target is of setting up 14,000 cameras in the initial phase of the Nigehbaan project and later we will try to install more in the city.”
In the project ‘Nigehbaan’, Station House Officers (SHOs) have been asked to identify sensitive points in their areas where CCTV cameras need to be installed. Traders associations, social organisations and individuals have also been encouraged to install CCTV cameras.
The SSP said that ‘Nigehbaan’ is a dream project of IGP T S Luthra who has decided to get CCTV cameras installed at maximum locations in the city to deter criminals from indulging in any kind of crime.
The city SHOs have identified the spots where CCTV cameras had already been installed and the spots where there was a need to install the cameras. The SHOs have been asked to identify maximum number of points, he added. The SHOs have also been asked to encourage traders associations, resident welfare associations, social organisations and individuals to get CCTV cameras.
The SSP added that bringing city under the CCTV surveillance would help the police in detecting crime and identifying the accused. In case of any crime or mishap, the UT Police procure the footage of the CCTV cameras installed at the nearest point. As per the police, the cameras will help in keeping a check on snatching incidents and hit-and-run accident cases. The project ‘Nigehbaan’ is in addition to the long-pending proposal of installing 660 CCTV cameras by the Chandigarh Police across the city.
Southern division has maximum CCTV cameras
Since there has been a spurt of snatchings in southern division, the police have managed to set up 5,033 cameras in the area. The East Division has 4287 cameras while the Central Division has 2457 CCTV cameras.
Going area wise, the jurisdiction of Sector 39 has the maximum 1,600 CCTV cameras followed by Mani Majra with 1,300 cameras, 981 cameras installed in Sector 19 and 766 cameras installed in Sector 11 area.
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