BBMP, police will jointly view footage to track crimes in Mallasandra ward Mallasandra ward residents can heave a sigh of relief. Their ward has already been installed with 300 CCTVs and 150 more are on the way as a means to curb the rising crime here. Of late, the Hesaraghatta road (coming under the Soladevanahalli police station, and adjoining Mallasandra ward) has gained notoriety for being crime central. From the Bawaria gang (a dreaded organised gang of dacoits wanted in many cases) to bank looting, shoot outs, murders, attacks on foreign students to increase in drug sales, this area has seen it all. One of the major reasons for the increase in the crime rate of the area is the changing demographics, say police. Hesaraghatta road, which had earned the sobriquet of being the education hub of the city (there are more than 10 engineering colleges and scores of other colleges in the vicinity) is now turning out to be the epicentre of crime in Bengaluru. As a first step to curbing these crimes, the installation of CCTVs is a joint step by the police and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP.) (Soladevanahalli police station limits along with Peenya has been divided to form a new police station – Bagalagunte, and Mallasandra comes under its jurisdiction). These CCTVs are chain linked in such a way that every street in the ward is covered under surveillance. The live feed of the cameras will be beamed across a control room which will be set up shortly at the BBMP office where a joint team of BBMP personnel and the police will inspect the footage. Speaking to Bangalore Mirror, a senior police official said that the cameras will help the police to track the area for a host of crimes which are on the rise, and act swiftly. Interestingly, these cameras are not only proving effective in tackling crime but also against garbage dumping. Lokesh N, the corporator of Mallasandra said, “We see a lot of people dumping garbage in the area. There are increasing incidents of chain snatching, public nuisance created by drunkards near bars and people smoking marijuana (ganja). There are six bars and restaurants in the area which also cause traffic jams. These are many black spots in the area which have to be monitored for a safer, cleaner society.” The cameras have hence been installed to prevent these activities. They are present at major points in the city like traffic circles, slum areas, main roads, parks, bars and restaurants, government schools, Bengaluru One offices and hospitals. The live feed of all the 300 cameras can be observed from the BBMP office as well as the police station, enabled with effortless ease to switch camera channels. “This will help us monitor the area better and act on it immediately. For instance, when we set up a park in the area for the people, we observed that it was dumped with garbage within three days of its opening by residents. From now on, we will be able to identify people who throw garbage in public places and penalise them appropriately. The BBMP’s penalties range from Rs 100 to Rs 1000, depending on the number of times the offence it repeated. The same will be followed for the others as well. It will ensure that people are more conscious of their actions,” the corporator said. The corporator also added that the cameras will reduce crimes by 80 to 90 per cent. He said that 10 per cent was not accounted for as there may not be full surveillance. “There will be one person appointed to handle the cameras from BBMP. One television can display 36 camera channels. For 300, we’ll need nine or ten televisions. These cameras will also have codes, through which they can be easily identified, especially for the police to track,” Lokesh added. The cameras have been acquired with a budget of Rs 1.5 crores and the control room will be set up as soon as the remaining 150 cameras are installed. “We are planning on doing it in 20 days,” said Lokesh. RELATED NEWS Mysuru 51st domestic destination from Bengaluru airport May 29, 2019 Bengaluru votes half-heartedly Apr 19, 2019 Bengaluru, get out and vote Apr 18, 2019