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Surveillance cameras in Tirupattur

Serena Josephine. M

The monitoring mechanism has come up at the cost of Rs. seven lakh



WATCHFUL EYES: Asistant Superintendent of Police-Tirupattur sub-division

TIRUPATTUR: Tirupattur will now be monitored round the clock. The police department has installed 11 surveillance cameras at vital places in the town to help to deter crimes such as chain snatching and vehicle thefts, besides regulating traffic movement.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Tirupattur sub-division R. Ponni, who initiated the plan, said the Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras have been installed at prominent places covering the entire Tirupattur town. This monitoring mechanism has come up at an approximate cost of Rs. seven lakh.

“We have set up two control rooms with the monitoring system to view live footage from the cameras – at the ASP office and Tirupattur town police station. The town police station has been provided with an announcing system to attend to any emergency case immediately,” Ms. Ponni told TheHindu.

The cameras have been installed at 11 places including a dome camera at the Tirupattur Bus Terminus which could zoom for 300 metres.

The cameras have been installed at prominent places in the town which will cover the adjoining roads such as Kutcheri Street, Nagaikadai Bazaar, Kadai Veedhi, Dharmapuri Road, Salem Road, Krishnagiri Road and Jinnah Road, according to police.

“The main objective of installing the cameras is to enhance surveillance in the town area. This will help to deter crimes such as vehicle lifting, chain snatching and attention diversion crimes. For instance in attention diversion crimes, criminals divert the attention of persons drawing cash from the banks or ATM counters to rob the cash. Such crimes could be deterred by these surveillance cameras. Criminals or even vehicles could be traced,” she explained.

The system will have a 22-day back-up, she said, adding, “Besides controlling crimes, we could regulate traffic in the town through this system.”

Deputy Inspector General of Police-Vellore H.M. Jayaram and Superintendent of Police, Vellore T.S. Anbu will inaugurate the monitoring system on Friday, the ASP said.

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