ARUA. The ongoing installation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in Arua town and its out skirts will target crime prone spots, the police force has confirmed.
The force is aiming to curb crime through the installations across the country and Arua town that is a month away from an upgrade to city status has been selected to pilot the project in West Nile region.
A total of 29 cameras are expected to be installed across different streets in the current municipality and some of the outskirts. This although the initial plan was for 36 installations.
West Nile Police publicist, Ms Josephine Angucia confirmed that the installation process kicked off on Thursday where the first four cameras were installed on some of the streets of Arua town.
During a press briefing at the central police station on Friday, she said the installed cameras were already functioning.
“By fitting the cameras there, we shall be able to monitor accidents and crimes like robberies and theft based on visible realities on ground” She said, adding that the cameras will help intelligence department in carrying out investigations properly as better and timely identification of suspects from a scene of crime is enabled.
The pilot installation covers Odianyadri and Euata trading centres in Vurra Sub County, Arua airfield, the two current divisions of municipality, along Pajulu-BAT road, Ediofe and Onduparaka trading centres in Pajulu Sub County.
She said police in the region had hitherto been using traditional methods like reliance on eye witnesses to investigate crimes, a method that faced serious challenges.
She also said the cameras were of different types and would be used for different purposes like tracing of vehicle number plates among other uses.
The installations are expected to be phased to other towns although a definite time frame was not given. Cameras in all of West Nile will be centrally monitored at Arua regional Police headquarters with the overall national control centre in Naguru, Kampala.