Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, is also known for rising criminal activities — molestations, thefts, chain-snatching incidents, housebreaks, and murders.
The numbers reveal the story: over the last five years, the city has witnessed an increase in serious nature of criminal activities like rapes, which increased by 289 per cent, molestation by 287 per cent, theft by 22 per cent, house break-ins by 12 per cent and chain-snatching (of which women are mostly victims), has decreased by 48 per cent. As a result, the city has been ranked 112th on the international crime index chart.
However, the scenario is changing. The Mumbai Police, touted as India’s ‘Scotland Yard’, has deployed a mini-emergency response and mobile surveillance control & command centre vehicle.
Speaking to the Council, Deven Bharti, Joint Commissioner (law & order), Mumbai Police says, “The vehicle can send live feeds to the police control room from the spot through satellite in case of emergency or disaster.”
Bharti asserts that the Mumbai Police will run six such mini-control rooms on the streets of Mumbai which can be deployed at any spot for maintaining law and order. The response time depends on a specific event or situation.
How it will work
According to Bharti, if any law and order situation emerges or any kind of disaster happens, police will send this mobile command centre to the spot. CCTV cameras, which are installed on the roof of these vehicles, will catch the live video from the spot and it will be sent to the command centre in the main Mumbai Police control room through satellite.
Meanwhile, senior officers in the police control room will be able to keep a close watch on the situation and decisions will be taken accordingly. At the same time, they will be able to give instructions to the officers who are on the spot.
In addition, as the city will be monitored through 4,717 CCTV cameras across 1,510 locations, covering almost 80 per cent of Mumbai, all these will be integrated with mini-command control centres. Importantly, the CCTV network is equipped with a face-recognition system. The pictures of (at least) one lakh criminals will be uploaded, as soon as the system is functional.