VELLORE: Miscreants, beware! The police would soon be following you closely around every nook and corner of the Fort City. Well, virtually.
The department on Friday began work on its ambitious project to bring the entire city under the surveillance of closed circuit television cameras. The move, police officers said, was taken up to bring down the crime rate and ensure effective policing. The department would install 88 cameras at strategic points to monitor traffic and suspicious activity from the master control rooms at District Police Office (DPO), Camp Office of the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Katpadi and Vellore sub-divisions.
The surveillance mechanism would be installed at a cost of Rs 1.80 crore, funded entirely by the Vellore Corporation. To mark the commencement of the installation work, the police department and the Vellore Corporation jointly organised a programme at Vallimalai junction on Friday.
“The installation of the surveillance cameras will be completed within two months. The cameras will act as the ‘third eye’ and will enable the department to check crimes like chain snatching and vehicle theft and help. with traffic management,” Superintendent of Police (SP), Vellore, A Kayalvizhi told Express.
The 50 metre 1.3 pixel infrared wireless cameras would be installed at 22 junctions in Vellore and Katpadi Sub-Divisions. While 60 cameras would be installed in Vellore sub-division in the first phase, 28 cameras would be installed in Katpadi sub-division in the second phase.