Surveillance Camera

MANILA, Philippines - Local chief executives were urged yesterday to install closed circuit television technology (CCTV) cameras in their localities to help deter and solve crimes.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo said the installation of CCTV cameras will support the peace and order initiatives of local governments, particularly cities and municipalities with high demographic concentration and robust economic activities.

"As local authorities are mandated under the Local Government Code to ensure peace and order as well as public safety in their localities, they should employ strategies and means to keep their communities crime-free and ward-off would-be criminals," he said.

In his directive, Robredo said that local governments that decide to make use of a CCTV system should ensure that such surveillance equipment should be installed in strategic places and at heights free from human intervention. "It has to be manned 24/7 by at least five trained local government personnel," he said.

He said that during his term as Naga City Mayor, the installation of CCTV equipment as well as the increased coordination among emergency service providers like Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police (PNP), and Public Safety Office significantly improved the city's peace and order situation.

He said that the Naga City Police District was chosen as Model Police Office during the 19th anniversary of the PNP because of its significant anti-crime gains with the help of surveillance cameras. (Czarina Nicole O. Ong)

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