Letter to the Editor

We need CCTV on public properties

Dear editor,
ALLOW me to express my thoughts regarding the recent internal terrorism attacks and public safety in the absence of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in our country.

Many householders in the Western world feel safer and are more protected if they have CCTV security systems installed in their townships and around the central business districts.
Businesses are protected from theft and monetary loss by the use of CCTV security systems.
Overall, the advantages of surveillance outweigh the disadvantages but I tend to wonder as to why local authorities have failed to install these security features in this country.
For example, Lusaka is a very strategic commercial, political and diplomatic hub in the SADC region which hosts a lot of strategic institutions and installations.
The city hosts VVIP’s and yet the town is not technologically advanced in terms of security installations.
With the advent of sabotage and arson being instigated by some unknown people, the council would do well with such gadgets in protecting the citizenry and property.
It is high time the town clerk of Lusaka City Council and the executive mayor started thinking around securing various installations using technological advancements.
The cameras will assist in curbing crimes. Forensic investigations could have been aided with the use of CCTV cameras in tracking down criminal elements.
The security gadgets and features are relatively cheap. I doubt if at all this is a very big challenge to our local authorities.
We need the electronic eyes on every street corner, pub, restaurant, highway, and strategic border points synchronised to the national data centre and security wings.
I, therefore, wish to make an earnest appeal to Government, all local authorities and relevant organs to begin planning towards a safer society we live in.
BRIAN MALAMA
Lusaka

 

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