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CCTV cameras to help in crime detection

Vishaal Kumar
Monday, February 05, 2018

THE Fiji Police Force is working closely with municipalities around the country to set up closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance cameras to help in crime detection.

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said the Nausori Town Council was the latest municipality to take up the initiative.

"The deputy commissioner of police and his deputy have been working closely in particular with the Nausori Town Council for the past two years in getting CCTV surveillance cameras installed," Brig-Gen Qiliho said.

"The Labasa Town Council has also come on board and we are talking to other municipalities in order to get these activities done.

"We are also talking to friendly donor countries to come over and do a study on how we can correctly install these systems and have a proper command centre that can be located at the divisional headquarters or even at the police station that deals with the particular area."

He said police wanted a system similar to those used overseas so they could utilise technology to enhance the force's capabilities in curbing crime.

"We are talking with these countries to come over and conduct studies and to assist us for areas like Suva and the two major areas in the West.

"We know we have companies out there in the private sector that deal with this but we want to look at it from a policing perspective that we sight them and then get the companies in to assist us rather than letting a company to decide what type of cameras to install and where to position them."

Brig-Gen Qiliho said his main concern was that even though they had reduced overall crime by 9 per cent, burglaries and aggravated robberies were still on the rise.

"We need to target these by increasing the force's detection rate. In this way, we can take the people responsible to task."








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