SUVA's first CCTV cameras have been installed around the Albert Park area in Suva this week and many more are expected to go up around the city in the coming weeks.
Suva City special administrator Chandu Umaria said the police were monitoring the Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival, and that about 70 to 80 CCTV cameras would be installed.
"They're not going to be on all the streets. Many of them will be in areas such as the market, bus station, civic centre and also on the foreshore area," he said.
He said many illicit activities were occurring at the foreshore in particular, such as public drinking and substance abuse.
He added that the council was banking on companies and organisations to assist the council.
"Banks, supermarkets, if they could come on board and install cameras at their expense, rather than putting the whole burden on the council, at the end of the day we are all going to benefit," Mr Umaria said.
He said the cameras would be monitored by police 24 hours a day and even when short on manpower, they would be able to rewind tapes to investigate reports.
On the matter of privacy, he assured that citizens' safety was of paramount importance and that the cameras would not be used to violate privacy.
"I respect everyone's privacy, but it is nothing to do with privacy, it is to do with the safety of people. That is the priority."