Ras Al Khaimah

Over 141,000 cameras installed to tackle crime in Ras Al Khaimah

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com Filed on February 19, 2020
cameras, crime, RAK Police, RAK, UAE crime

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This is part of the emirate's endeavour to be crime-free by 2021.

As many as 141,839 surveillance cameras have been installed on buildings across Ras Al Khaimah in a bid to boost safety and security across the emirate. This is part of the emirate's endeavour to be crime-free by 2021.

"The 141,839 internal and external cameras have been fitted on 16,392 buildings across the emirate," said Major General Ali Abdullah bin Alwan Al Nuaimi, General Commander of Ras Al Khaimah Police.

"The CCTV cameras, part of the 'Hemaya or Protection project' have played a vital role in detecting and solving most of the crimes reported," he added.

"The sophisticated system, armed with the latest security technologies, is connected with radar and geographic information systems, visual early warning, and ANPR car identification systems."

"The system has remarkably curbed and prevented so many crimes, and helped the police track down drivers involved in hit-and-run traffic accidents in record time," he said.

"It has also decreased the percentage of unsolved crimes, particularly thefts in money exchange houses and gold stores."

"The Hemaya project covers a big number of centres, shops, establishments, government departments, public institutions, mosques, hospitals, schools, hotels, rest houses, jewelry shops, villas, as well as residential towers and buildings," said Brigadier Jamal Ahmad Al Tair, Director General of the Public Resources Authority, RAK Police. 

"All the buildings involved have been instructed to put a sticker outside their premises that they are covered by CCTV cameras so that criminals think twice before breaking the law."

"Now, everybody knows that surveillance is round the clock. Criminals now understand that these cameras are also smart and connected with the police, and they will be certainly caught," he explained.

"The RAK Police have so far accredited over 104 service providers so that customers have a variety of options to go with and have their properties secured," Col Al Ahmad said.

"We have provided intensive training to 4,150 staff engineers and technicians of those 104 service providers."

"The owner of any facility, particularly gold stores and exchange houses, has a grace period of 30 days to have them secured with these CCTV cameras, and have them linked with the operations room of the RAK Police." 



Ahmed Shaaban

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