The Uganda Police Force has on Monday revealed that the team which was tasked to install security CCTV cameras around Kampala metropolitan area has so far completed 78% of the work.
This revelation was made by the spokesperson CP Fred Enanga in a security press briefing at Police headquarters in Naguru.
According to Enanga, so far 2547 cameras have been installed out of the 3233 that are meant to be erected in Kampala.
Also out of 1248 sites, 1038 have been installed and 1565 cameras are already online and operational.
He said the team has also completed 82% of trenching and laying of cables, adding that “So far 1083 kilo meters out of 1258 have been covered.”
In the report, Mr Enanga also told the press that police has also completed eleven fully installed camera monitor rooms in eleven policing divisions in Kampala and seven are still underway.
All the monitoring are currently online as they are enabled by a fibre cable standing at 80% which is 1000km long.
The work of camera installation is being done by a Chinese tech company called Huawei and Police IT experts.
Also in progress is the construction of a national CCTV Centre at Naguru police headquarters which Mr Enanga said it currently stands at 40% work done.
“We expect that in November this year the contractors will be handing over it to police,” he said.
The CCTV camera centre at Naguru will also be the national command centre of the new security installation in the country.
This new security investment was initiated by President Yoweri Museveni in 2018 at the peak of insecurity in Kampala city.
Police said that the purpose of the CCTV cameras is to monitor public places and where they have been installed, they are helping in prevention and detection of crime.
The law enforcement body has also released some videos of crime captured by the CCTV cameras but most of them are traffic offences, car breakers and anti-social behaviors such as pick pocketing, phone snatching among others.
Mr Enanga pointed out that security cameras have enabled police in directing investigations in cases when witnesses are not available while they play a role in placement of officers.
“We can now monitor Kampala and know where we don’t have patrollers, crowded places with lawlessness and disorderliness and traffic control,” he said.