Over two lakh CCTV cameras helping cops catch criminals
NEW DELHI: Over two lakh closed-circuit television camera (CCTV) cameras, set up at various locations help security personnel monitor activities across the city, especially in vulnerable areas.
CCTV footage has helped the city police solve numerous criminal cases, in addition to ensure security to lakhs of residents.
Data accessed by Millennium Post shows that these cameras are owned by both of Delhi Police, as well as private parties.
Apart from the two lakh functional cameras, the data also shows that are some non-functional or improperly functioning cameras, which number more than 5,300.
Police sources said that CCTV cameras are especially useful for keeping a check on crimes against women.
Several cameras are set up at marketplaces and border check posts, in addition to many high-profile locations in the national Capital.
Delhi Police has held several meetings with residents in the Capital, in order to encourage them to install more cameras to help curb crime.
One such initiative has been started in south west Delhi, where police personnel from every police station have been mapping the CCTV cameras installed in their jurisdiction. This would help cops during any investigation.
"We want that the cameras should be at the right
position, so that if any crime happens in the area it is immediately captured," said a police official.
Cops said that many a time, residential societies or market associations install CCTV cameras pointing towards their own houses or workplaces.
If these cameras are pointed towards the direction of important roads or alleys, it will help bolster security.
On Saturday, CCTV footage came to the rescue of cops during a case of crime against women, when a man was arrested for his involvement in the molestation of a 26-year-old woman in north west Delhi.
The CCTV footage where the incident took place was scanned by cops, helping them in identifying and nabbing the accused.