How CCTV installations are arresting crime

Mumbai Command Control Centre

Increasing need for secured infrastructure, rising government attentiveness on smart cities and growing IT spending by bigwigs has fuelled the growth of video surveillance camera (VSC) market in India. What’s more, growing consumer awareness and recent technological advancements in the market have further helped the cause.

Meanwhile, to safeguard the cities, some of the Indian states have begun installing CCTV cameras in some cities, to begin with. A case in point would be Maharashtra, as its financial hub—Mumbai—in the first phase has already installed 1,381 cameras at 434 locations and manages through a Command and Control Centre. Whereas, Pune Police manages the city’s transport management equipped with more than 100 cameras with Integrated Transportation System (ITS).

But it is interesting to know how installations of CCTV cameras can help reduce the crime rates. A classic example to follow is Gujarat-based Surat. The city has managed to reduce crime by 27 per cent since “Safe City Project” inception in association with Microsoft. The police department collaborated with council partner Microsoft in developing advanced surveillance with analytical features keeping vigilance on entire city from remote command and control center. That said, the department created an e-application system that allows the public to view the status of their submissions.

According to recently published figures by Hyderabad Police, with the help of massive technological upgradation and procurement of CCTV cameras, have brought down the crime rate by 14 per cent compared to a year earlier.

In addition, Jharkhand leaving no stone unturned providing security measures for their citizens. Now, Jharkhand’s sub-capital Dumka will be under constant watch with CCTV installation. The city has installed CCTV cameras at 28 strategic locations.  

Also, the Telangana government has started the process of setting up a 24-storied Command Control Centre at Banjara Hills that will be connected with a citywide community CCTV surveillance system consisting of over a lakh of CCTV cameras. In addition, one of the smart city winner— Visakhapatnam—have also installed 128 surveillance cameras fixed at 47 junctions and likely to set up another 130 CCTV cameras in the next phase at the 47 junction.     

Safe City Project