Monday, January 19, 2009

surveillance cameras in multi-storey car-park

there have been a number of cases of arson involving motorcycles in bukit panjang. the most serious was the one at gangsa road multi-storey carpark where 52 motorcycles were incinerated in october last year. it was the highest number of vehicle casualties in a single incident in 2008. many of these arson cases appear to have been committed by youngsters.

the bukit panjang-holland town council has finally gone ahead with the installation of surveillance cameras in the covered car-parks in bukit panjang. at block 541a, it does not cover all the six levels, only the lower three levels - basement, levels 1 and 2.

besides deterring arson, the cameras can also deter acts of mischief like vandalism -scratching of car bodywork - and urinating or defacating in public places. it would also be able to capture theft of cash-cards and other valuables from parked vehicles. it should be able to capture love-in-action if it takes place within the area under surveillance.

i wonder if any other interesting or scandalous going-ons will show up when they view the video captured by the surveillance cameras in the car-park.

when the residents come to realise the fringe benefits of such surveillance cameras, the three levels with cameras may become choice areas for parking. it is like having someone keeping an eye on your vehicle and should your vehicle be accidentally dented by some careless driver, there is a chance the accident may have been captured on camera.


Victor said...

Sometimes the CCTV camera may just be a dummy. But still, few crooks would be daring enough to test whether the CCTV system is a real one or not. Therefore, even a dummy could be of some use. (I am not just referring to CCTV cameras here.) A dummy camera would still have achieved some deterrence effect.

Seen This Scene That said...

I think cameras in public areas are useful. As long as the cameras are visible to all passers-by, and do not violate privacy (e.g. pointing the lens at a bedroom).

nah said...

Some years ago, when surveillance cameras were installed in one school, some teachers were not happy because they felt that Big Brother was constantly breathing down their necks, checking on their every movement. Big Brother had to explain that the cameras were there to guard against theft, vandalism, and to prevent forbidden behaviour, such as smoking by students. Now, every school in Singapore is installed with surveillance cameras and patrolled by security guards. These measures were necessary in the wake of terrorist outrages elsewhere.

yg said...

those cameras mounted on buses are more 'dangerous'; if you happen to stray into the lane and get captured on film/digital image, it may set you back $130.