Light, cameras and all action is captured. The residents of Greater Kailash-1 have set up closed circuit television cameras to secure the neighbourhood against miscreants.
Frequent break-ins, car thefts and chain-snatching had left the residents feeling vulnerable, so the resident welfare association (RWA) stepped in.
For the last two years, it has been collecting money for equipment and a control room. A collection of R1.75 lakh made possible the purchase and installation of 20 cameras, while money is being collected to buy another eight.
“This is the least we can do at our end to make our area safe,” said Rajiv Kakaria, a member of the RWA.
Cameras have been installed at all vantage points, including entry and exit and back lanes. A guard is always there in the monitoring room. Not only is the movement of vendors recorded, an eye is also kept on any anti-social element lurking around in street corners or parks.
“It will also help us to check if the municipal staff report to work,” said Kakaria.
The cameras work in the dark as well, with the face easily recognisable. “We did a thorough testing in all conditions before placing order,” said another RWA member Sanjay Anand.