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Suva City Council To Install 20 More CCTV Cameras In City

Local Government Minister Premila Kumar told Parliament yesterday that it was more of a technology-driven programme to support the fight against crime, including drugs.
10 Aug 2019 15:57
Suva City Council To Install 20 More CCTV Cameras In City
The CCTV camera outside Parliament House, Constitution Road, Suva. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Suva City Council will install an additional 20 CCTV cameras along the streets of the capital city.

This installation of more CCTV cameras will assist authorities monitor criminal activities and identify suspects.

Local Government Minister Premila Kumar told Parliament yesterday that it was more of a technology-driven programme to support the fight against crime, including drugs.

Mrs Kumar said the council was working with the Fiji Police Force and the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

She said there was no way a municipality could put CCTV cameras anywhere in the business premises because the premises were owned by an individual.

“What we can do is put it out in public places, outside, streets to capture that,” she said.

“That is precisely what we are doing and monitoring business licence. For example, in Lautoka Municipal Market the juice sellers are selling cigarettes and drugs.

The CCTV camera along Waimanu Road near Mark Street junction. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The CCTV camera along Waimanu Road near Mark Street junction. Photo: Ronald Kumar

“It was the Market Vendors Association members who reported the matter and Police clarified the matter then they were asked to leave.

“That is what we can do because whenever the licences and stalls are given it is for a particular purpose for them to sell a particular item.”

Mrs Kumar said the Suva City Council had installed 32 CCTV cameras at the municipal market, 36 at the Suva Bus Station and 27 at the civic building areas.

“The council has also installed CCTV cameras at My Suva Park and Suva City central business district has CCTV linked to the Fiji Police Force,” she said.

According to the council, there are six CCTV cameras installed at the My Suva Picnic Park.

The council said there were about 11 CCTV cameras mounted along in the streets of the city.

It is understood that apart from clicking on cases of substance and drug abuse in the city, the CCTV cameras will also record other criminal activities.

The CCTV camera outside Suva City Library along Victoria Parade. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The CCTV camera outside Suva City Library along Victoria Parade. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Recently, a CCTV camera at Victoria Parade in Suva captured a case of mugging in the early hours of the morning.

The video went viral on social media prompting Police to carry out a major operation in the city at night until the closure of nightclubs at 5am and beyond.

Edited by Percy Kean

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