With the advancement in technology and the availability of cheap imports, security solutions have not only become affordable but also easier to use. The Karnataka Government is planning to set up CCTV cameras on every street of Bengaluru for an estimated cost of Rs 15-20 billion.
While the Command Centre at the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has installed 731 CCTV cameras, Bengaluru Traffic Police has installed another 170 cameras. Across the city, nearly 400 cameras have been installed by other public and corporate bodies, informed law enforcement authorities.
The boom in technology has made life easier but at a cost. Kari Girish Murthy, Managing Director, Thasmai Automation stated that CCTVs are sold like cheery on top of the cake. “Security solutions have become a common feature. But CCTVs could mean the end of privacy, if in the wrong hands,” he added.
The Karnataka Public Safety (Measures) Act, 2017 prescribes the installation of surveillance systems by owners of private establishments and storing video recordings for up to 30 days. MN Anucheth, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Administration), said that it is mainly because of the Karnataka Public Safety (Measures) Act, 2017 that there has been an increase in the use of technology by the owners of such properties.
“CCTV provides electronic evidence in investigations and serves as a deterrent among criminals. In fact, CCTV footage of the murder of journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru gave the special investigation team vital clues in the absence of eyewitnesses,” added Anucheth.