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More CCTV cameras coming for Mandeville, MoBay

Published:Monday | March 21, 2016 | 3:24 PM

More closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras are to be installed in the towns of Mandeville in Manchester and Montego Bay in St James this year.

The move is part of the Government’s efforts to enhance monitoring of the areas by the police and ensure the safety and security of residents.

Head of the Modernization Initiatives and Strategic Projects Division in the Ministry of National Security, Dr Canute Thompson, says there will be a 50 per cent increase in the number of cameras serving the towns.

He was speaking at a forum on building safe communities, staged by the Management Institute for National Development (MIND) at its Mandeville campus on Friday.

He informs that the Ministry is collaborating with local private sector groups on the initiative.

Dr Thompson argues that the monitoring of public areas through the use of CCTV surveillance technology is crucial in preventing criminal activity and supporting the investigation of crime.

Thompson has also informed that CCTV systems are to be installed in Christiana, Manchester this year, through a partnership with the Christiana Business Watch Group.

Thompson said systems will also be put in place in Spanish Town, St Catherine; Negril, Westmoreland; and Kingston.

The towns of May Pen, Clarendon; and Ocho Rios, St Ann are already being monitored by CCTV technology.

Meanwhile, Dr Thompson says a part of the Government’s long-term plan is to strengthen the face recognition capacity of the cameras.