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Council hopes CCTV will help Fiji police

By Samisoni Nabilivalu

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, March 11, 2012) – The Suva City Council (SCC) plans to bolster the Fiji Police Force's monitoring capabilities in Suva with their donation of a number of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras.

SCC Special administrator, Chandu Umaria confirmed the plan saying SCC is liaising with stakeholders, businesses and non governmental organisations in acquiring more cameras.

SCC pledged 10 CCTV cameras but stakeholders, businesses, and non governmental organisations have indicated they are willing to assist financially in procuring additional cameras.

Mr Umaria said, "I am also approaching businesshouses, banks, insurance companies and the big supermarkets for help. These cameras will not only help keep the public safe but also tourists and businesses in the capital. With additional assistance we can even get around 40 to 50."

SCC is working with a local supplier that installed cameras for police but differences in the original camera prices and the supplier's quotations are lengthening discussions.

SCC and police are exploring locations for cameras like the Suva foreshore, the central business division, the Suva bus terminal, cluster areas for night clubs and other spots where crime is common.

Police spokesperson, Atunaisa Sokomuri said the instalment of additional cameras would assist the police.

He said, "We are already incorporating the use of modern technology into out everyday Police work as it is.

"With limited man power and large areas to cover, our beat cops can now be more efficiently spread out as these cameras will also help us monitor the capital.

"They also store footage so we can go back to incidents. They're accurate, they'll be a deterrent to crime, and they'll protect businesses and will be of great assistance to us."

"The safety of the public is everyone's responsibility and these things are interconnected.

"The customers and the tourists feel safe, they're willing to buy and visit all areas of town, and the shops get business."

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