New security camera system in February

January 27, 2018
A CCTV camera in Ocho Rios.


JamaicaEye, a network of all the Government and some 300 privately owned closed-circuit, television (CCTV) feeds, is to come on stream in February 2018.

National Security Minister Robert Montague said that 21 CCTV cameras have already been installed in Kingston that have the capability to read licence plates.

"As soon as the new Road Traffic Act is passed, we will be able to activate the usage of these (cameras)," he said.

He also said that CCTV cameras have been installed in Mandeville, Manchester; Ocho Rios, St Ann; Negril, Westmoreland; and Montego Bay, St James.

The national CCTV system will monitor public spaces islandwide and assist the authorities in providing a suitable response in the event of an incident, disaster, or act of criminality.

It will cost the Government almost $3 billion over the next two years for the full roll-out of the national CCTV system.

Under the JamaicaEye programme, citizens and businesses with CCTV systems will register via a website. The project is Montague's brainchild, part of the crime-reduction strategy he presented in 2016.

It was further developed and refined after numerous consultations with public and private stakeholder groups in November last year.

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