Chennai, January 4: With 657 CCTV cameras per square kilometre, Tamil Nadu capital Chennai has become the top city in the world in terms of surveillance, according to a recent report published in South Asia Journal. The report is based on studies conducted on 130 cities worldwide. It concluded that Chennai has the maximum CCTV coverage per square kilometre and per 1,000 population. Telangana's capital Hyderabad is second on the list. Subashree Road Accident: CCTV Captures Moment When AIADMK Banner Fell on Chennai Techie, Leaving Her Dead; Watch Horrifying Video.
"Chennai, India, has 657 cameras per sq km, making it the number one city in the world in terms of surveillance," the report said. Hyderabad, which bagged the second position, has 480 CCTV cameras per square kilometre. China's Harbin is on the third spot with 411 CCTV cameras per square kilometre, followed by London which has 399 CCTV cameras per square kilometre. With 385 CCTV cameras per square kilometre, China's Xiamen ranked fifth. Drunk Doctor Drives Away With Police Vehicle After Cops Seize His Car in Chennai.
"China and India are the countries with the highest densities of CCTV surveillance cameras in urban areas," the report said. Chennai Police Commissioner Mahesh Kumar Aggarwal acknowledged how the presence of CCTV cameras help the department in maintaining law and order and solving crimes. "We are hoping to extend the coverage," he told The Hindu. CCTV installation drive gained momentum during the tenure of Aggarwal’s predecessor AK Viswanathan.
"With the advent of CCTV devices, policing has changed entirely. In any crime investigation, the CCTV is the first instrument and handy tool to crack the case. Detection in criminal cases has increased," Viswanathan, who is now Additional Director-General of Police, Operations, was quoted as saying.