The national government will soon install security cameras in the streets of Juba in a bid to monitor crimes in the city, Police Spokesperson Brigadier, Justin Daniel confirmed to Juba Monitor yesterday.

These security surveillance cameras will help the police forces in monitoring criminal move or activities in the national capital. The surveillance cameras will enable the police to follow whatever happens on the road while they are sitting in the office.

The process of launching the surveillance cameras in Juba city is a joint venture between the national police service and the Jubek State Police forces.

The Spokesperson of the National Police Services, Brigadier Daniel, in an interview with the Juba Monitor shortly after a workshop said that the Police had earlier promised to curb the phenomenon of carjacking and robbery, but that did not materialize.

But he said the ICT unit that will soon be established will help the Police in monitoring the movement of people on the street. Brigadier Justin added that cameras are part of the technology used worldwide or used in other countries.

“These poles for fixing these cameras will be ten meters high and they will work 24-hourly and will be monitored inside the operational rooms. The cameras and the ITC system are ready,” Brigadier Justin said.

He added saying, “there will be electric socket attached to these cameras and nobody will temper with these cameras or will be able to steal them like the traffic lights that were installed and they had been stolen.”

He disclosed that the training held yesterday on how to improve the security in Juba city was the second of its kind. He appreciated the cooperation manifested by the residents of Juba with the police.

“The robbery and crimes (in Juba) will come to an end and in case of anything, we need to cooperate with police forces and the citizens,” Brigadier Justin added. He disclosed that the rate of armed robbery in Juba has reduced compared to some months ago.

On his part, the Police Commissioner for Jubek State, Jackson Elias, said the state has formed a committee that will join the National Police Services for the launch of the surveillance cameras in Juba city.

He said the project needs the capability and all the office equipment like computers, cameras, and vehicles for easy mobility. “We need to train human resources and develop policies on how to operate such that we bring the public to the standard of the rest of the world,” Elias said.

“We need to make people move safely and live peacefully as a result of the use of the surveillance cameras. We wanted to avoid the cases of crimes and theft,” he stressed.

The police leadership who convened a one-day workshop yesterday to deliberate on the monitoring cameras to be launched soon said they wanted these gadgets to be in place soon so that the police can maintain rule of law and order in South Sudan by cracking down on criminals.

There is a high rate of crimes in Juba city. Last month, news about crimes in Juba dominated media spotlight, which promoted President Salva Kiir to blame the police for not doing their work well to end crimes in Juba.

He alleged that some armed robbers who terrorize the residents of Juba at night might be from amongst the police forces themselves because the police officers did not obey his orders when he directed them to end the so-called “unknown gunmen and armed robbery” in Juba.

Juba Monitor