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Police Seeks Cooperation With Private Security Camera Owners

Police has said that  it will soon engage with private individuals who installed security cameras on their property to enhance safety and security in Kampala and other parts of the country.

According to the law enforcement body, it intends to partner with private individuals by linking private cameras to the national surveillance security grid.

The plan was revealed by Police Spokesperson CP Fred Enanga on Monday at police headquarters in Naguru.

“We are happy to note that the CCTVs are becoming a very common feature in private sector and are increasingly being used to surveil and monitor shopping malls, banks, car parks, schools and colleges, entertainment places and tourist attractions. Although the footage from privately owned CCTVs may vary in terms of quality and volume, it is still useful for pre-incident monitoring and post-incident analysis,” he said.

He added that there are also plans to harness footage from the private CCTV cameras and link them to the police CCTV monitoring system, after the successful completion of phase one.

This followed an incident that happened on Friday night in which a security camera at a Nursery school in Kakeeka Rubanga captured two men gruesomely killing a Boda Boda rider before disappearing with the motorcycle.

Mr Enanga said that the investigations are underway as forensic experts are still reviewing the footage using sophisticated facial recognition technology.

He expressed concern that if that specific camera was connected to the nearest police control room, it would have enabled rapid response.

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Police released footage captured by the CCTV

camera prior to the murder in which the suspects first visited the scene of crime and placed a hummer which they used to kill the rider.

Basing on the prior footage, Mr Enanga told journalists that the murder was premeditated and they will soon be apprehended.

The installation of security CCTV cameras is still underway as police revealed that 78% of the work is done and the rest is expected to be completed in November this year.

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