Lagos State government announced Wednesday that it plans install 13,000 Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras across the state in the next 18 to 24 months.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde also said additional 6,000 streetlights and security sensors will be deployed to enhance surveillance and crime prevention.
IT NEWS NIGERIA gathered that CCTV has repeatedly proved its effectiveness in the fight against crime and the fear of crime.
“Knowing that there is an extra set of eyes watching over their communities helps to reassure people that they will be safe. It also acts as an important set of eyes for the police, providing valuable evidence where incidents occur’’, according to Daily Mail.
“They will help deter, not only serious offences, but also the nuisances – vandalism, graffiti, litter and perhaps unruly behaviour – that seriously undermine people’s quality of life”
When cameras are properly targeted, they can deter offenders, reduce the level of crime and increase the feeling of safety for those using our public spaces. If crimes do occur, CCTV can often provide invaluable evidence that leads to the identification of offenders and in turn can save the police valuable time during the investigative process.
People have doubted the necessity of cameras to fight crime. For example, according to Business Dailies, it is worthy of note that one crime is solved a year by every one thousand CCTV cameras in London. There are apparently more than one million CCTV cameras in that city.
Also people need clearer controls in law so that the data they gather isn’t misused to intrude on people’s privacy or infringe their rights.
Fighting Crime: Lagos Govt To Install 13,000 CCTV Cameras