$1m Budget pledge to boost CCTV network across Bermuda
A $1 million boost to start upgrading the island’s CCTV network was announced in the Budget.
David Burt, the Premier and finance minister, said the cash would be used to start “the installation of the new island-wide CCTV system that was promised in this year’s Throne Speech”.
The system at present is used in a variety of police roles.
It assists in the reconstruction of crashes and helps trace vehicles police are looking for.
The camera network also helps in the detection, deterrence and reconstruction of other criminal activity.
Rena Lalgie, the Governor, said in last November’s Throne Speech that public safety would be “enhanced by marrying technology to crime prevention and detection”.
Ms Lalgie said at the time: “During this session, the Ministry of National Security will advance a new island-wide CCTV system, which will include newer features to assist the police in tackling road traffic offences and violent crime.”
Former Commissioner of Police Stephen Corbishley said last summer that the island’s CCTV network was not up to standard and that the service was in talks with Government about speed cameras.
Mr Corbishley said traffic offences – including dangerous driving and drink driving – was the biggest problem that the force had to deal with.
The police service, which earlier said an improved CCTV network would help beat crime, declined to comment on the Budget commitment.
The Bermuda Road Safety Council did not respond to a request for comment.