The Guyana Police Force wants those business owners, who have CCTV security cameras in place at their properties, to ensure that the cameras are properly working and recording their business activities.
Crime Chief, Deputy Police Commissioner Lyndon Alves, reported today that there have been many cases where businesses might have fallen victim to some criminal act, but are unable to assist the Police because of not working security cameras.
“We have experienced having had robberies on premises or within close proximity to those premises and when we seek the assistance, its just a dummy. So, it is advisable that you acquire your equipment from reputable companies and employ specialists, and not persons going around at technicians, to install those equipment”, the Crime Chief said.
He noted that it is not the job of the Police to be going around to private businesses to check their private security equipment.
Mr. Alves was speaking to the media today at the launching of the Police Force’s Christmas Security Programme, which outlined the posture that the Force will be taking as the country heads into the holiday season.
Deputy Police Commissioner, Paul Williams also appealed to businesses and property owners who have security cameras that are not working and therefore provides very little help.
“We are appealing to them to persons to ensure that they become operable that you will be able to have information from it and so we can be able to embark on our successes to deal with crime. Crime is everyone’s business. We will continue to work assiduously to ensure that we give our citizens the requisite service and protection needed, but it requires a partnership approach”, Deputy Police Commissioner Williams noted.
As part of its Christmas security programme, scores of Police Officers will be dispatched on foot patrol across the city and the rest of the country in the shopping areas. Additionally, Police booths will be set up around Georgetown and there will also be more Police mobile patrol and traffic stops.
The Police will be on high alert through its Christmas security exercise, which has already started and will continue until January 15 in the new year.