In a bid to prevent crime and identify offenders, the Government Railway Police (GRP) is planning to install more CCTV cameras in all railway stations in Vellore district.
However, passengers want existing cameras to be maintained well and patrolling and illumination to be improved.
Stations such as Vellore Cantonment, Katpadi, Jolarpettai, Arakkonam, Tirupathur and Wallajah fall are situated in Vellore district. Crimes such as chain and mobile snatching and theft of luggage is common in these stations.
“CCTV cameras are necessary in all the stations as they act as an deterrent and also it would be helpful to identify frequent offenders. Hence we thought we can fix an additional 30 cameras in all stations in Vellore. We are planning to incorporate facial recognition technology in them,” said an officer from the GRP.
There are already 20 cameras in Arakonnam and over 40 in Katpadi.
There are plans to have 10 more in Katpadi station and the other railway stations will have around three cameras each.
“In Chennai central there are over 72 cameras and this has helped the police in identifying criminals. Similar measures are necessary for other stations too,” said a GRP officer in Arakonnam.
Meanwhile in Arakkonam station, GRP officers claim that they are more concerned about student clashes. “Now that the colleges have restarted we are closely monitoring the students who go to Chennai colleges from Arakkonam. Similar problem was there in Katpadi station too, but now it has reduced,” said an officer.
Though passengers welcomed more CCTV cameras, they wanted the existing cameras to be maintained. “Around 20 cameras in Arakkonam were defunct for past many months. We raised the issue with the railway officials and it was repaired only recently,” said J.K.Raghunath, general secretary, Arakkonam Rail Passengers Association.
The passengers also want police presence in the stations at night.
“There is also a need to improve illumination in the stations,” he said.
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