The Uganda Police Force’s engineering department this week started erecting poles for the CCTV cameras to be placed on. They will be installed in prime locations which include Odokomit, on Lira -Kampala highway, Lira-Kitgum road, and Lira-Soroti road among other areas.
The installation of Closed Circuit Television - CCTV surveillance
security cameras has started in Lira City. The cameras are intended to help
police curb down the growing crime.
The exercise is part of the second phase of the CCTV surveillance camera
network expansion project undertaken across the country. The installation of
CCTV Cameras started last year after the death of Arua Municipality MP, Ibrahim
Abiriga following the directive by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
The Uganda Police Force’s engineering department this week started
erecting poles for the CCTV cameras to be placed on. They will be
installed in prime locations which include Odokomit, on Lira -Kampala highway,
Lira-Kitgum road, and Lira-Soroti road among other areas.
James Ekaju, the North Kyoga Police Spokesperson, says that the cameras are
expected to help police to capture and arrest street criminals; impersonators
and motorcycle thieves who have been destabilizing Lira City residents. He adds that the installation will be carried out in phases.
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Martin Oluma, a Boda- Boda motorcyclist who stages at KCB Bank welcomed the
development, saying it will help reduce the number of thugs who attempt to
steal their motorcycles.
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Judith Apio, a business operator at Lira main market is excited that the
installation shall help in beautifying the city and reducing on the burglaries in the area.
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Patrick Ogweng, the Lira City Deputy Town Clerk said apart from
curbing crime, the cameras will also help identify people who litter the
city with rubbish.
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According to Ogweng, the residents will also be sensitized on how
the cameras work.
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Lira city continues to experience incidences of violent crimes
like street crimes; iron bar hit-men and motorcycle thieves who have been
threatening the security and safety of residents.