Uganda Security forces deployed usage of available CCTV cameras in Namugongo and the surrounding places to curb crime during the Martyrs’ Day celebrations.
Although there was major deployment of Police officers, Special Forces Command officers as well as anti-terrorism squads, the forces relied mainly on a remote command Centre to scan the area and rid it of wrong elements.
At least 1940, out of the proposed 3233 CCTV cameras have so far been installed in Wakiso and Kampala, with installations expected to come to close in December this year.
While commissioning the CCTV command centre in Natete last year, President Museveni said the cameras would help in responding to crime quickly as well as enhance supervision during operations in order to curb crime.
Indeed, police claim that during this years Martyrs’ day celebrations, the number of cases reduced from 89 to 40.
“40 are reports of suspected stolen mobile phones, 2 cases of impersonation, 2 cases of suspected stolen, 1 assault, and 1 counterfeit where a suspect was arrested selling soda property suspected to be fake. we have in custody a total of 11 suspects, while two have been given police bond.”
The police also reported that of the 64 cases of missing children reported, 62 were recovered, 58 of them reunited with families, and ‘four are still with our Child And Family Protection Office at CPS Kampala, two children are still missing namely kwikiriza Batesa and Kibalama Joshua.”
This is the first time security personnel are deploying CCTV cameras at a large scale operation, however, it is not the first time the same cameras are being deployed to curb crime in the city.
Last year, Police used CCTV cameras to trace and arrest a one Essau Nduhukire who had been spotted stealing from passengers stuck in gridlock at Shoprite Entebbe road.
The same CCTV cameras captured the circumstances under which an accident along Kira road traffic lights happened when a speeding trailer rammed into a dozen of cars.
The cameras are said to have several functions among which include; face and number plates recognition technologies, night vision, Global Positioning System (GPS), and automatic cleaning system.