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Thursday, Dec 12, 2019

Pune police crack 163 crime cases with help of CCTV footage, 150 arrested

The project became functional since the last six months under which 35,000 CCTV’s, mostly belonging to commercial establishments, have been networked and geo-tagged.

pune Updated: Dec 03, 2019 16:35 IST
Nadeem Inamdar
Nadeem Inamdar
Hindustan Times, Pune
A view of the police control room, as the police check the CCTV cameras in Pune.
A view of the police control room, as the police check the CCTV cameras in Pune.(HT FILE PHOTO)
         

The Pune police have reported the recovery of stolen material of more than Rs 1.72 crore, detection of 163 serious crimes and arrests of at least 150 criminals behind these crimes, thanks to a network of 35,000 CCTV (closed circuit television) cameras under the C- watch project.

The project became functional since the last six months under which 35,000 CCTV’s, mostly belonging to commercial establishments such as hotels, restaurants, food joints besides residential societies, have been networked and geo-tagged. The C-watch project involves residents as major stakeholders in the citizen-centric initiative.

The geo-tagging helps in identifying CCTVs on any road stretch or area which has witnessed a crime.

Ashok Morale, additional CP ( Crime ), said, “ The CCTV surveillance and C-watch project under the guidance of Pune police commissioner has yielded good along with participation from residents and made their lives safer and secure.”

“Currently, 35,000 CCTV cameras have been geo-tagged and we are spreading the net wider to have more cameras, he said.

“The project has resulted in solving issues of serious crimes and has been lauded by the citizens at large. Several meetings were held with the traders and other stakeholders for the successful implementation of this citizen-friendly project,” Morale said.

Saleem Mulla, member, Kondhwa citizen’s initiative, said, “I appreciate the efforts taken by the Pune police which has helped solve criminal cases and increases security in the area.”

“The C- watch project has put fear in the minds of criminals and lawbreakers and the citizens are happy with the project. The surveillance in Kondhwa by CCTV cameras has made our area safe and secure,” said Mulla.

Project C-watch

Geo-tagged CCTV cameras play Bigg Brother for Pune police

What is C- watch project?

CCTV cameras installed by shopkeepers, under the C-watch project, provide visuals to Pune police department. These cameras are geo-tagged. Some are installed by shopkeepers on their shopfronts at the request of the police department to increase 24/7 vigilance and bring in greater efficiency in solving crimes.

The project has been functional for the last six months.

35,000 CCTV cameras installed

7,654 maximum CCTVs installed in zone IV

These CCTVs are installed at commercial establishments such as hotels, restaurants, food joints besides residential societies

163 detection of serious crimes with the help of CCTVs installed under the project

150 criminals arrested

Rs 1.72 crore recovery of stolen material of more than

CCTVs on Pune Police watch, zone-wise

Zone I: Faraskhana, Khadak, Samartha, Vishrambaug, Shivajinagar, Deccan: 5,935

Zone II: Bharati Vidyapeeth, Sahakarnagar, Swargate, Bund Garden, Koregaon Park and Lashkar: 6,420

Zone III: Kothrud, Warje Malwadi, Uttamnagar, Sinhgad, Dattawadi and Alankar: 7,404

Zone IV: Chatushringi, Vishrantwadi, Khadki, Chandannagar, Vimannagar and Yerawada: 7,654

Zone V: Mundhwa, Hadapsar, Marketyard, Bibvewadi, Wanawadi and Kondhwa: 7,587

“The C-watch project under the guidance of the Pune police commissioner has resulted in good results. It has helped solve issues of serious crimes and participation of people has yielded results.”

-Ashok Morale, additional CP (crime)

“The surveillance in Kondhwa with the help of CCTV cameras has made the area safe and secure. I appreciate the efforts taken by the police department.”

-Saleem Mulla, member, Kondhwa Citizen’s Initiative

Cases solved with help of CCTV footage

November 3, 2019

Footage from the CCTV cameras helps the Faraskhana police arrest a gang of pickpockets operating in crowded areas in the peth areas of the city. The police solved two cases and recovered gold ornaments worth Rs1.20 lakh from the gang involving two women.

Aug 22, 2019

With the help of CCTV footage, the Pune police arrested a 36-year-old man from Uttar Pradesh who used to travel to Pune by plane just to execute housebreakings in the adjoining industrial town of Pimpri-Chinchwad.

July 4, 2019

The CCTV footage, of a burglar in action in Kondhwa, had gone viral on the social media which helped the Wanworie police arrest him on June 30.