Lamitan installs CCTVs PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 25 May 2011 16:13

The city government of Lamitan takes crime-busting to a notch higher by installing closed circuit TV (CCTV) cameras around town.

Lamitan City Mayor Roderick H. Furigay said his adminstration is unmindful of investing millions of pesos as long as the safety and security of Lamiteños are ensured against terrorism, kidnappings and other forms of criminality.

Furigay said initially, the city government installed some P2.5 million worth of closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras in major streets in Lamitan

“This is not just a security investment; it is also a business investment. If a place is secured, we are assured of investors coming in without fear from lawless elements,” he said.

Aside from installing cameras at seaport, market areas and in the main business district, where banks and other commercial establishments and government offices are located, authorities are also planning to put up cameras in the exit and entry areas as a way of reducing crimes.

The CCTV cameras are wired to a nerve center manned by city government personnel.
Furigay said each of the monitoring stations can record up to 60 days of video. “All the copies are being duplicated and maintenance is regular,” he said.

Sr. Supt. Alex Lenesis, Basilan police chief, praised the installation of CCTV cameras, saying it “is a big help to our personnel on the ground.”

Meanwhile, Task Force Basilan commander Brig. Gen. Alexander Macario was more specific when he said that the CCTV cameras “have provided us [military] an extra eye in our security operation.”

“It’s a technical advancement, an eye in the sky and could help preempt possible criminalities due to its psychological effect,” Macario said.

He said in the event of a crime occurring, authorities would now have a way to examine how it transpired by viewing the recorded video. “We could easily review the copy so we could possibly determine who the perpetrators are,” he said.

Macario said they are hoping that other areas of Basilan will follow suit.