It was a cause everyone felt very strongly about and thus everyone pitched in - some residents offered technical support, others took charge of the logistics.
Rising number of street crimes in Greater Kailash Part I forced the residents of this posh colony to secure their area by installing Closed Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) two years ago. But it wasn't an easy job and took more than six months to procure equipment and install it.
The challenges included researching on equipment, logistics, contrasting requirements of day and night time coverage, the web of wires, infrared night vision, number plate recording of moving vehicles, etc.
The need for installing CCTV cameras was felt as over a period of time builder flats started coming up in the area with a large number of bungalows and thus more people.
"More flats mean greater movement of visitors, vendors, domestic staff, etc. This steady stream of people at all hours makes it very demanding for security staff to keep a check on them or their activities. So we decided to go for CCTV cameras," said Raj Kumar Tanwar, GK I, RWA.
A dedicated master guard is positioned at the control room in the colony from where he can monitor the screen throughout the day.
"He is also able to check whether the other guards are taking rounds of the colony. During the day other guards monitor the screen on rotational basis," said MC Gogia, another member of the RWA.
The residents have gone one step ahead and given Delhi police access to the footage from the colony. The police are also happy with the measures taken by the residents.
"We have been regularly conducting meetings with RWAs and managed to convince them that CCTVs would be good for their safety. The residents collected money and installed CCTVs in the area," said Meghna Yadav, additional DCP (southeast).
Residents said beat constables have also been making use of the footage. "We realised that hiring guards was not a very viable option. We needed a long-term solution and that is why we decided on CCTV cameras. Also, a camera is more of a deterrent as images get recorded and one can use it to track the person down," said Sudhir Kalra, another member of the resident welfare association.