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Jamaica National donates CCTV to aid in crime fight in Spanish Town

Published:Monday | July 13, 2015 | 7:00 AM
Mayor of Spanish Town Norman Scott examines a component of one of the six closed-circuit television cameras, recently donated to the Spanish Town Parish Council by the JNBS Spanish Town and Portmore Member Advisory Councils. With him are Michelle Hines (centre), business relationship and sales manager, JNBS Spanish Town branch, and Rose Miller, grants manager at the JNBS Foundation.

Security surveillance of the Spanish Town Market and bus park were bolstered recently with the donation of six closed-circuit television cameras to the Spanish Town Parish Council by the Member Advisory Councils of the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) Spanish Town and Portmore locations.

Making the presentation at the council office, Michelle Hines, business relationship and sales manager at the JN Spanish Town branch, said when violence flares up in Spanish Town, everyone suffers.

"No community is exempt from the dangers of criminal activities, therefore, we should endeavour, as individuals or organisations, to assist the members of the security force to expand their existing framework, so they can protect the lives of others, by deterring criminal activities," she said.

In accepting the cameras, mayor of Spanish Town, Norman Scott, highlighted that reports of violence had decreased in Spanish Town and with the acquisition and subsequent installation of the cameras, it is his hope that the trend in that direction would continue.

"This gesture will enhance our crime-fighting methods in Spanish Town, and I thank Jamaica National for coming onboard," he said. "This approach to crime fighting is prevalent in international territories and, many times, if it weren't for cameras, the perpetrators of crimes would not have been caught." He said the cameras were well-needed "informers to aid the police".

The donation was made possible by the JN Member Advisory Councils, which are implemented in all branches and MoneyShops with the mandate to identify and participate in projects at the community level across Jamaica. Governed by the JNBS Foundation, the councils include JNBS members and leaders in respective communities.