Despite looming threats, 90% CCTV cameras defunct in Jammu

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Vishal Sharma

With terror threats looming large in Jammu and despite repeated threats and alerts by security agencies, over 90 percent of the CCTV cameras installed by the Jammu and Kashmir police are defunct, thus posing serious question over the security of the region.

Shocking, but true that more than 90 percent of the CCTV cameras installed have been rendered non-functional and no efforts are made by the police to make them functional despite repeated complaints regarding the same by several Station House Officers (SHO) and security agencies, besides looming threats.

According to the reliable sources 39 out of 43 CCTVs in Jammu city are lying dead while the 4 which are working are running without UPS owing to which they mostly remain on ‘off mode’ due to excessive power curtailment in the winter capital.

Sources said that these working cameras only provide live footage as the recording unit in the Police Control Room (PCR) Jammu is also out of order.

It mean that if there will be any need to view any suspected movement of past, there is no such recording facility available with the PCR for the same.

Talking to Newspoint SSP PCR Ashok Sharma admitted that most of the CCTV cameras installed in the city are lying defunct. He further said that process for their repair has been initiated by the department and hopefully they will be restored soon.

Pertinent to mention here that these cameras were installed to keep a vigil on day and night movement of VVIPs, protests, rallies, accidents and other suspicious activities in and around the Jammu city so that timely action should be taken to prevent any untoward incident besides getting necessary feedback in case of a mishap.

In Jammu, CCTV cameras were installed at several locations which mainly included Satwari Chowk, Green Belt, Gandhinagar, Hotel Asia Crossing, Bikram Chowk, Dogra Chowk, Jewal Chowk, K C Chowk, Amphalla Chowk, Parade Chowkh and High Court Crossing Janipur besides other but presently all of these locations are without CCTV surveillance.

Sources maintained that apart from these 43 CCTV cameras installed earlier and lying defunct 40 more CCTV cameras are need for covering all the 72 wards falling under Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC). Also there is absolute need of installing the night vision CCTV cameras as most of the crimes take places at night of which CCTV footage is of utmost important in solving the case.

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