Delhi: CCTVs of little help in cracking cases
New Delhi: Some of the markets and
localities in the capital may be covered by CCTVs but it
appears that the footage from these cameras are of little help
in cracking cases if one goes by official statistics.
A total of 836 crimes were reported from markets and
localities covered by CCTVs since 2009 but only a dismal 22
cases were solved with the help of the footage provided by
According to Delhi Police figures, 67 incidents of crime
took place in around 20 markets and other areas covered by
CCTVs this year alone but only two cases could be solved with
the help of the footage provided by these cameras.
Last year, 17 crimes were solved with the help of CCTV
footages but the total number of cases reported from the areas
covered under closed circuit cameras were a whopping 442.
In 2010, 250 cases were reported from these areas but
only three could be solved using the CCTV footage while in
2009, not a single case out of 77 reported in these areas
could be solved using these cameras.
According to the government plan, 60 markets in the
capital and 27 border points are to be covered under CCTV
surveillance system and by now, installation of this system
has been completed in 27 sites.
Initial plan was to cover 59 markets and 27 border points
and later one more location Jama Masjid was added to it, a
senior police official said. Two locations were taken up as
In the first phase, 25 markets and four border points
were identified for installation of CCTVs and installation at
27 sites have been completed, he said.
In Phase-II (A), 28 markets and ten border check posts
and Phase-II (B), six locations of Central and New Delhi
districts have been taken up. CCTV systems were also got
installed by Delhi Police in various markets, he said.
Following the terror attack in Delhi High Court last
September, CCTV cameras were also being installed in Supreme
Court, High Court, and six district courts.
Another 36 CCTVs were installed at nine locations by
Traffic Police. However, these cameras are not in working
condition due to dispute in annual maintenance contract with
the company which has supplied it.
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