CCTV could cost three million

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A new Closed Circuit TV system for
Cayman could cost $3 million.

Trina Christian, executive director
of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association, said a meeting was held between
CITA, the Royal Cayman Islands Police and the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism.
During the discussions a figure of $3 million had been talked about.

“It’s my understanding that it’s
one million that’s going to be provided from the government for the CCTV plan
and then two million needs to be raised from the private sector, so there’s
definitely some involvement that needs to happen,” she said.

Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive
Officer Wil Pineau told attendees at Wednesday’s Cayman Islands Tourism
Association general marketing meeting that the private sector had put together
a 28-age document concerning crime and strategies that the new national crime
commission is dealing with.

“There’s a new prison programme
called Prison! Me! No Way!,
which is educating the community about really the consequences of bad action
and how you end up in prison. We’ve brought in some people from Jersey to introduce
it. It’s a very effective programme that can hopefully be rolled out here.

“That CCTV committee, the national
committee, is working together with us to understand how many businesses would
be interested in investing in a national CCTV type of programme so we can put
CCTVs in strategic public places and that the police can monitor those cameras
in the event of any crime,” he explained.

Mr. Pineau said businesses across
the Island will be approached with a survey in the next week on the subject of
national CCTV and said that are other strategies within the 28-page document.

Meetings

Ms Christian explained that the
meeting also discussed the crime situation and ways public and private sector
bodies could work together.

She said the Department of Tourism,
the Cayman Islands Tourism Association and the police were working on a joint
statement that would inform the public about the steps that police were taking
to combat crime.

Acting Director of Tourism, Shomari
Scott, explained that he had not been personally present at the meeting but he sent
a senior Department of Tourism representative who had fully briefed him.

“[We wanted to] reiterate and state
the fact that there needs to be action now and drastic action, or as much
marketing and as much money has been poured into the tourism industry, can all
be for nothing with one horrific incident,” said Mr. Scott.

He added that it was also important
to ensure that the private and public sectors would be ‘on the same page’ from
a communications standpoint, particularly once the crime ‘bump’ was over.

Mr. Scott said he understood that
there would be around 75 CCTV units implemented and that there were other crime
prevention aspects that the police were working on.

“They have a task force that [the
commissioner] has hand-picked that is going to be instituted in short order;
there’s going to be more overt police presence.

“But they also understand that on
the other hand even though they want to be more overt they don’t want to be
alarmist,” continued Mr Scott.

Safety

The new police helicopter has
proved useful in apprehending fugitive criminals who have been able to evade
justice by hiding, and already-extant but previously un-used legislation had
been activated that had proved of assistance to the police.

“Previously, I think that the
strategy was to do things in a covert manner but of course as crime is
escalating people are wondering what [the police] are doing and are getting a
lot of negative PR about not doing anything; they realise that they need to
give the public something [to reassure them],” explained Mr. Scott.

The Department of Tourism and the
Cayman Islands Tourism Association are working on a series of flyers that
combine safety tips and environmental messages that could be circulated to
hotels to give to guests.

“[They will include] just general
pointers that in any other place people would get those pointers. So not to
make it alarmist but so that people can also be aware of their surroundings and
not be foolish in leaving their handbag outside in public, in the car, that
sort of thing,” explained Mr Scott.

Ms Christian added that the matter
in hand was to educate guests about safety rather than scaring people.

“We’ve been approached by a
security company about doing some type of co-op patrol on Seven Mile Beach in a manner that would service all
of the properties. We’ll be getting details of that at our accommodation
meetings to see if anyone’s interested in working together,” she said.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. While I think the cctv program is a good idea and is worthwhile, I wonder how many of those cameras are going to end up on the streets of West Bay, where the majority of crime actually takes place. This seems like a program designed to protect the tourists of 7 mile beach, and while that is a very important goal, there are too many small streets in West Bay for this program to be effective where it counts.

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  2. Fuzzy math, $3 million for 75 cameras works out to $40,000 for each. For less than a million, I would be happy to give the Government 100 cameras, installed. Weatherproof … outdoor, high resolution, pan/tilt/zoom with internet access sending all the signals to a central point where they can ALL be recorded and viewed in real time.

    I have no idea what the other $2 million is for????

    I do agree that such a system ‘if properly used and installed’ would be most helpful on a number of fronts.

    The bad guys will know the location of every camera, which ones are working and the line of site of each one within a few weeks of them being installed. So the RCIPS need to be very aware and somewhat sneaky about how the system is used.

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  3. There is also a need for hidden cameras.
    Installed in areas where criminal minded individuals do not see a Visible camera and may take a chance to mug someone or rob a business.

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  4. Those Cameras should be monitored by police and maybe other security in each location.
    As you are already aware the criminals will pretend to be Camera maintenance techs, climb up there and TURN OFF OR DAMAGE THE CAMERA!
    so please don’t waste our tax dollars. Please put a plan in place how to keep criminals away from destroying them, or tampering with them. Business owners themselves may or will tamper with them to avoid answering questions

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