Electronic monitoring of Chandigarh city

DQW Bureau
08 Feb 2011

face="Times New Roman, serif">The
increasing incidents of burglaries in the city of Chandigarh are
prompting the residents to go in for automatic security systems.
Retired cops, army men, judges and businessmen have been in the
forefront for installing these electronic security systems at their
residences to protect and keep a check on such incidents in the

face="Times New Roman, serif">While
giving the reasons behind taking such initiatives, Jagroop Singh
Mahal, a former district and sessions judge and resident of
Chandigarh said, “Besides checking theft, these equipments will
also help to keep an eye on servants. Once we were out on a vacation
and our servant damaged our car in an accident. He never admitted
that he had taken the car out, but CCTV camera installed at our home
nailed him.”

face="Times New Roman, serif">Former
DGP of Haryana Police, CP Bansal, who is also a resident of
Chandigarh, is of the view that having served as a police officer; he
understands the significance of these security systems. A CCTV
installed at the gate tells you about the visitor. Meanwhile,
this sudden spurt in the demand of security systems has also brought
in business prospects for the security gadget dealers of the city.
Apparently, the demand for these equipments has risen by around 60
percent in 2010 as compared to 20 percent previous year. "Gadgets
like automatic swing gate motors, video door phones, fingerprint
locks and CCTV cameras are selling like hot cakes. Increase in their
manufacturing and demand has brought the rates down,” highlighted
Mukesh Kumar, a Mohali dealer in security gadgets.

face="Times New Roman, serif">Heem
Dhillon, another security gadgets' dealer of Chandigarh, further
added, “Earlier, we used to go door-to-door demonstrating the
benefits of security systems and only a few people used to buy the
products. But in the last six months, I have sold about 40 security
systems and the demand is only rising.”

Chandigarh police
too is backing this awareness and has decided to join, by keeping a
close watch over crime and accident-prone areas and other prominent
places in the city. Collaborating with a private company, cops have
started conducting surveys across Chandigarh, to aid installation of
maximum CCTV cameras. The new cameras with an array of features are
intended to provide better image quality and would be installed in
six to eight months time. Through these cameras, police would
scrutinize city outskirts as well.

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