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Cameras to combat crime in San Ignacio and Santa Elena Print E-mail

Residents from the Twin Towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena can now celebrate that their surroundings have been made more secure by new electronic ‘eyes in the sky.’  As magnet for both local an international tourists, the Twin Towns have also just become an enhanced destination.

The San Ignacio Police Formation’s new surveillance control room was officially inaugurated on Wednesday morning at the San Ignacio Police Station. Mayor of San Ignacio and Santa Elena Earl Trapp Junior as well as Belize’s Commissioner of Police Alan Whyle cut the ribbon to the fully powered center.

With the new system in place, San Ignacio Police will now be able to view most of the Twin Towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena through its Closed Circuit Television System and monitor the movement of its vehicle fleet. This will be done through the installation of surveillance cameras and its vehicle tracking system.

With a brand new monitoring system, the project itself was a joint venture between the San Ignacio Police Formation, Alternative Network Limited, the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council and the business community.

Some 17 cameras, capable of high definition footage, have been placed in strategic locations around Town. Corporal Jason Jones explained the system, which will be monitored by a team of professional police officers on a twenty-four-hour basis.

Commissioner of Police Alan Whylie said this morning that the new Command Center was product of the Police and Community working in partnership for a safer Belize. He said that he was grateful for the partnership by the business community (in particular, Alternative Network Limited) and the San Ignacio and Santa Elena Town Council, with the San Ignacio Police Formation.

“I encourage the other business community to join forces with the police in the effort to not only getting their business safe, but their municipality safer,” he said.

In an interview with the Guardian Newspaper, Commissioner Whylie also said that the Belize Police Department already has a similar project ongoing in Belize City, where the intention is to improve upon with additional cameras.

“Wherever, the citizens, the business community, the leadership wants to partner with the police with similar projects, I would wholeheartedly embrace such,” he told us.