CCTV systems mandatory in all RAK entities
Ras Al Khaimah - The new security scheme, themed: 'Himaya' or Protection, is also applicable to centres, outlets, institutions, as well as government departments, mosques, hospitals, schools, hotels, exchange houses and gold shops.
All property holders, spanning residential compounds, towers, buildings, and offices in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, need to install CCTV systems as per the set standards and conditions.
The new security scheme, themed: 'Himaya' or Protection, is also applicable to centres, outlets, institutions, as well as government departments, mosques, hospitals, schools, hotels, exchange houses and gold shops.
Major General Ali Abdullah bin Alwan Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of the RAK Police, on Sunday said the regulation, in implementation to Law No 3/2015 is in pursuance of the directives of His Highness Shaikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.
"The new system will help detect all possible illegal practices, curb robberies and crimes, arrest suspects and criminals in a record time, and boost security and stability across the emirate."
All the CCTV cameras to be need to meet the set standards, particularly quality, durability, and high definition, to better protect people and properties, he added.
"The RAK police will meet with all the landlords and property owners concerned to enlighten them about the regulation and required standards so that they can amend their positions within maximum two months."
Warning, he said fines will be slapped against violators after the end of the two-month grace period. "All the cameras must be colourful, with high definition, and fixed at all the entrances and exits of the institution to ensure clear vision."
Brigadier Jamal Ahmed Al Tair, director general of resources and assisting services, RAK Police, said the CCTV cameras must also be installed at the lobby and reception areas, and at the entrances and exits of the parking lots to clearly record the car number plates."
"The recording time limit of the CCTV cameras to be installed must not be less than 90 days, and these cameras may only be connected with the bodies licensed by the RAK police and never be linked with any unlicensed external entity."
Yahya Al Shamsi, acting director general of the general resources of the RAK police, said all the institutions need to submit the due application to the general resources department, RAK police, to get the Himaya system services due.
"All applicants can only get the service from the accredited service providers, but they also need to appoint specialised staffers, including licensed engineers and technicians, to manage and keep an eye on the whole system."
Service providers need to pay four inspection visits to the institutions where the CCTV systems are to be installed to ensure their validity, he underlined. "Inspection campaigns shall be run after two months to ensure compliance of the law."