QC mayor tells barangays to install CCTVs vs. crime

March 4, 2012 12:57 pm 

MANILA, March 3 – Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista has directed all 142 barangays in the city to set up closed circuit television cameras in critical areas of their jurisdiction.

Bautista said Saturday with the installation of CCTV cameras on 4,000 sites in the city, the QC government expects crime rate to decline in the 142 barangays.

Bautista made the call at the sidelines of the unveiling of the historical marker of national hero Melchora “Tandang Sora” at the Tandang Sora National Shrine in Upper Banlat, Novaliches.

The mayor said the CCTVs will also be used by the city for disaster preparedness.

Business establishments, particularly those along riverbanks and creeks, are required to immediately install CCTVs.

“CCTV will not only be used as security purpose against lawlessness but also as a safety measure against disasters,” the mayor said.

Last Feb 27, Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo called on all local chief executives to install CCTV cameras in their localities to help deter and solve crimes.

"As local authorities are mandated under the Local Government Code to ensure peace and order as well as public safety in their localities, they should employ strategies and means to keep their communities crime-free and ward-off would-be criminals," he said.

"It has to be manned 24/7 by at least five trained local government personnel,” he said. (PNA) hbc/JCA

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