Crime capital has no CCTV surveillance: Former police chief
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Former Delhi Police Commissioner B K Gupta on Wednesday said the city has no electronic surveillance system in place to deter criminals and help the police force crack cases.
"Delhi, the crime capital of the country, has no electronic surveillance systems — such as CCTV cameras — to deter criminals," Gupta said, while speaking at a session on "Coping with rising crime in cities" at a conference on Homeland Security 2012. The event was organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
Talking about the forensic science support for police, Gupta said: "The city police do not have adequate forensic science support to back their efforts with irrefutable evidence in nailing criminals".
Speaking to Newsline, Gupta said: "Metropolitan policing requires three things — better surveillance, better vehicles and forensic support for the police force. If these are in place, it instills a sense of security in the public. It is not the number of policemen that matters... but more of hi-tech equipment to support the police force."
Gupta also called for proactive public participation.
He said even after the Commonwealth Games, "Delhi does not have proper and effective CCTV facility to check terrorism and other crimes. For instance, in South Mumbai, 5,000 cameras are being installed, while Delhi is yet to make a beginning".
Cristina Albertin, Representative-South Asia, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, said megacities need to plan and develop the use of space in an integrated way to tackle infrastructure, housing, transport and other social and economic problems. Greater attention, she said, needed to be given to redevelopment of public space with a view to creating safe and accessible places for interaction and recreation.
"The government should develop and implement inclusive, gender-sensitive and effective crime prevention strategies and engage communities and civil society, including the private sector for effective community policing and private security," she said.
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