Mysore/Mysuru: The Mysuru Police wants all small and medium gold and silver traders and jewellery showrooms to install electronic surveillance cameras inside and also outside their shops.
The objective, City Police Commissioner Dr. Chandragupta said, is to use the surveillance footage for crime investigation like it helped in arresting dacoits in the Vidyaranyapuram jewellery shop loot. This will also act as a deterrent as the criminals would think twice before attacking any shop.
“We are aware that small shops may find it difficult to afford cameras. But we will make it mandatory. Cameras should have good resolution and should be mounted in such a manner that the area outside the shop can also be captured. In the event of a crime or an incident, we request establishments to hand over the footage to investigators,” Dr. Chandragupta told Star of Mysore.
“The Vidyaranyapuram case must be a lesson as the case has been detected and cracked with the help of CCTV footage,” he said and asked the owners of the gold shops to install high-quality CCTV cameras and have the facility to store the footage for at least a month.
The arrest report says that the alleged culprits are contract killers from N. India, one as far away as from the border of India and Pakistan.
These so called contract killers, created quite a fuss before the robbery, which suggests their very poor capability as contract killers and armed robbers. Their approach sounds very daft, crude and unsoophisticated. Given the criminal background of the person who recruited them-how was he able find these bumbling idiots is another issue, no wonder the police were able to round them up so quickly!
Installing surveillance cameras at the premises will not defeat a really professional gang of armed robbers, unlike this bunch, will be of only minimal help, without integrating them with street cameras and the central monitoring at the state level linking with a national database of known criminals. Will this happen in India, where corruption in police forces like any other institution in the country has become a norm?
Seems like a bunch of bungling armed robbers with poor planning! The motive of the person employed them on a contract-he did not get good professionals for his money it appears! I n a medium size city like Mysuru city with competitive jewellery shops, not hard under these circumstances to catch the perpetrators!
Surveillance cameras would not deter a well prepared team of armed robbers with black face covering and dress, when there is no sophisticated alarm system back up with its own power source.