A $140,000 contract has been signed to enhance closed-circuit television (CCTV) capabilities across the British Virgin Islands.
Premier Dr D Orlando Smith signed the contract with consultant, Russell Jones, who is the project manager for the next-generation 911 emergency call centre initiative under the Ministry of Health.
A media release from the Office of the Premier and the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force said the enhanced CCTV surveillance system will be installed ‘according to international standards’ and will be able to ‘reasonably withstand the impact of natural hazards’ that may affect the territory.
Premier Smith, in the meantime, said local police have conducted preliminary works to determine key areas for setting up CCTV cameras in addition to those that were destroyed or lost from the hurricanes.
“It is our vision that this new infrastructure and installations should be designed to be resilient, scalable and efficient to adapt to the ever-increasing need of expansion of the CCTV network,” Dr Smith said.
The government, through its release, has said this improved CCTV system is expected to increase public safety by “effectively monitoring human activity in the territory and exercise crowd control”.
“The operation of the system is expected to reduce the fear of crime, the upsurge in criminal activities, entry of wanted criminals into the territory, traffic violations and burglaries; deterring the commission of a crime and aiding the investigation conducted by the police in the event that a crime is committed and for bringing perpetrators to justice,” the release said.
Government had announced back in February that it had plans to improve the territory’s surveillance network as part of its national security plan.
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