Hyderabad: As part of expanding the community CCTV camera network across Rachakonda Commissionerate, 14 surveillance cameras including two automatic number plate recognition cameras were inaugurated here on Friday.
Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh M Bhagwat inaugurated at a ceremony organised at the Aga Khan Academy (AKA) in Pahadishareef. The cameras, installed on the road leading from Raviryala Kaman (Airport Road Junction) to Raviryala village, were set up at a cost of Rs 8.6 lakh, and were sponsored by AKA.
Officials said the cameras would have a backup of 45 days and the number plates of the vehicles passing through the stretch would be recorded and stored without manual intervention.
Bhagwat said surveillance cameras had become an important aspect of modern day policing and many sensational and ordinary crime cases were solved with the help of camera footages.
“In road accident cases, many innocent persons have also been saved and protected their human rights relying on the CCTV footage,” he said, adding that all the surveillance cameras across the three police commissionerates were being networked and connected to the upcoming Centralised Command Control Centre at Banjara Hills, from where live monitoring would be done.
Head of the Academy Dr Jonathan Long said the United Kingdom has the highest concentration of CCTV cameras in the world and there is one camera for every 30 residents although it’s not without its critics – some complain about the lack of privacy and infringement of civil liberties.
Senior police officials from the LB Nagar Zone and Rachakonda commissionerate were present.