Vol. 8 No. 393
Sunday, March 25, 2012
  Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines

Cops get help from CCTV on streets

Bohol police may be grossly outnumbered by criminal elements prowling the city streets, but unknown to many with evil intent, cops here have extra eyes on the streets.

Enthused by the great help closed-circuit television cameras (CCTVs) provide in securing Bohol Cultural Center (BCC) and the Carlos P. Garcia Sports Complex (CPG Complex), Governor Edgar Chatto said their newly placed CCTVs in undisclosed strategic locations in the city entry and exit points as well as main thoroughfares prop up police presence.

Speaking at the recent out of town Peace and Order Council (PPOC) Meeting in San Miguel, Chatto shared an information that may be so new to most Boholanos.

Earlier, Bohol Police Chief Police Senior Superintendent Constantino Barot has proposed the installation of CCTV cameras in the ports and terminals to help police and peace authorities track those who enter and leave Bohol.

As soon as a crime happens in the city and a description of the get-away vehicles or the suspects are known, police can easily scan the exit and the cameras along the crime incident areas to know the direction of where the culprits fled, Chatto said.

It may be recalled also that the Regional Peace and Order Council also eyed the move to copy a system installed at the Supercat Terminals where passengers passing through are documented through digital imaging.

Chatto, who has seen the advantage of non-human eyes to watch over public areas shared that Bohol has installed CCTV cameras in strategic locations at pilot locations at the CPG Sports Complex and the BCC has pushed the concept outside of the pilot sites.

At the meeting, Chatto cited an incident at the BCC where, at a function, one man was caught by the CCTV stealthily pocketing a mobile phone. He did not elaborate however if the CCTV capture was evidence enough for the item to be returned and the culprit to be punished.

Along the same line, Chatto shared that Bohol has installed in undisclosed locations in the city some CCTVs that could see images even in the dark of night.

In fact, he said that a few hours after a CCTV was installed, the governor accordingly saw an motor vehicle accident where it was clear who was at fault.

Meanwhile, League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) President and Trinidad town Mayor Roberto Cajes added that the CCTV captures can even stand as evidence in courts.

Himself a staunch CCTV technology user, Cajes said it would even be better if Bohol can convince the private sector to put up their own surveillance apparatuses and connect them to the servers so that more areas could be covered by the digital monitors. (RAC)

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