LIKE in other countries, many crimes remain unsolved in this natural resources-rich Southeast Asian nation of English-speaking people due to lack of witnesses and evidence.
And we share the view of many quarters that there’s certainly a need to require all the country’s business establishments to have high-definition Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras.
In some places, like in Quezon City, local government units (LGUs) require the owner of a business firm to install CCTV cameras in his/her office before he/she is issued a business permit.
Even the leadership of the Philippine National Police (PNP), headed by Director-General Oscar “Odie” D. Albayalde, knows that CCTV cameras play a crucial role in the solution of crimes.
Not only that. The existence of CCTV cameras in strategic areas, including street corners, deters the commission of crimes, such as robbery-holdup, snatching, kidnapping, drug pushing and murder.
Thus, the continued lack of manpower resources of the PNP, which is civilian in nature but national in scope, has thrust out front the importance of installing CCTV cameras in the country.
Albayalde said that CCTV cameras installed in many parts of the Metropolitan Manila area during his stint as National Capital Region Police Office chief helped solved crimes, notably robbery-holdups.
Incumbent NCRPO chief Director Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar echoed Albayalde’s view, saying they have really solved crimes, heinous and petty, due to the presence of CCTV cameras.
Described by many as “ultimate witnesses,” high-definition CCTV cameras can clearly show the image of a law offender, his/her vehicle or the way he/she perpetrated the crime even at night.
Thus, it is a must to install high-quality CCTV cameras capable of recording what’s happening even during brownouts.