Indian businesses required to install video surveillance following weekend bomb blasts

Hyderabad Police has ordered all cinemas, shopping centres, hotels, business premises and government buildings to install CCTV cameras in the wake of bomb blasts in India.

Twin blasts in the city’s neighbourhood of Dilsukhnagar last week saw 16 people killed and 117 others injured. The explosions were carried out by bombs planted on bicycles and targeted a crowded market and bustling shopping centre, but no group has yet to claim responsibility for the attack.

In the wake of the attack, Anurag Sharma, Commissioner of Police for Hyderabad, has ordered a number of new security measures to ensure businesses are protected and provide adequate security to people visiting their premises.

An official release outlines a range of additional security measures that must be adhered to by all cinemas, malls, hotels, lodges, entertainment venues and large government/private buildings located in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

It read: “Install close circuit TVs for observing and recording suspicious movements / activities, the recordings of which have to be kept in safe custody for a minimum period of one month.”

The statement also revealed large door frame metal detectors must be placed at all access and entrance points to sites and management must be sure to engage sufficient numbers of security staff.

All of the orders have come into force with immediate effect, while the Police have also commanded that all parks in the twin cities – including prominent sites where hundreds of visitors congregate daily – are to be shut down until working CCTV cameras are installed.

A recent study from the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) found that demand for CCTV systems is rapidly on the rise throughout India over fears for public safety.

The research claimed deployment of CCTV can play a vital role in combating terror threats at high-risk sites such as stations, airports and busy markets.

D.S. Rawat, Secretary General of Assocham, said upon release of the findings: “Fear of potential terrorist attacks has fuelled the demand for CCTV cameras evidently as government authorities and even private sector are investing huge amount of money in installing CCTVs to secure their offices and public places across the country.”

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