The police are unhappy with the delay in the installation of the 6,000 CCTV cameras (14 cameras per sq km) slated to come across the city post the 26/11 terror attacks.
The police believe that that they may have cracked the case of the stolen baby if there were CCTV cameras inside the hospital or even outside on the road.
An officer investigating the kidnapping said, “Had there been even a single CCTV camera that captured the woman with the infant, we could have identified her.”
He added, “Ever since the 26/11 attacks, we have been hearing about the entire city being covered under a CCTV camera network system, but nothing has happened yet.”
According to the officer, there was a possibility of the kidnapper being captured at least in one of the CCTV cameras if they were installed. “Not only this case, the CCTV network would be of great help in curbing instances of bag lifting and chain snatching that have become a menace,” he added.
Another officer said apart from help in investigations, the CCTV network would also act as a deterrent to anti-social elements. “If a particular area is under CCTV surveillance, it would deter criminals from operating there. CCTV cameras are the need of the hour,” he said.
On September 26, the home department had re-invited proposals for installing the proposed Rs800 crore surveillance system in the city, almost a month after it cancelled the previous tenders.