Security guards, CCTVs help deter crimes

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014


HIRING security guards and setting up Closed-circuit Television (CCTV) cameras are perfect combination to deter crimes that are committed inside business establishments in Davao City, a city councilor said Tuesday.

Councilor Victorio Advincula Jr., chair for committee on social services, on Tuesday said the two services are important since it complements each other.

"Security guards should be combined with CCTVs," Advincula said during the Pulong-Pulong ni Pulong (PPP) held at the City Council Tuesday morning.

Although both safeguard the establishment, he said these have dissimilar functions.

"Dili nato ni dapat i-confuse nga mamili lang ta sa duha. Kasi ang isa is there to provide immediate assistance while the other one is after the scene of the crime, mag review sa crime. Kung isa lang imo unsa nimo pagpangita sa dagway aning mga perpetrators, mahirapan tayo (We should not confuse ourselves in choosing between the two. Security guards provide immediate assistance, while CCTV cameras can be reviewed after the crime)," he said.

"You cannot review the mind of a security guard,” he said.

The 17th City Council wants to amend the existing CCTV ordinance by adding a penalty of revocation and requiring higher resolution to CCTV cameras.

The existing ordinance requires all establishments in Davao with a minimum capitalization of P3 million and above, including banks, pawnshops, restaurants, shopping malls, hotels and inns, educational institutions, hospitals and medical institutions, gaming cockpits and private transportations terminal operating land, air, and sea to install CCTV cameras.

Meanwhile, Advincula said Business Bureau will verify whether the closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in business establishments are set up in areas that will not violate the right to privacy.

In that case, Advincula said the right to privacy will not be violated as cautioned by Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte on Sunday.

"The Business Bureau will implement the said ordinance. Bantayan nila ug asa ipamutang. Para masiguro nga sa common public areas lang gyud siya (The bureau will watch where the CCTVs will be set up to make sure that they are placed in common public areas)," Advincula said.

Councilor Tomas Monteverde IV said establishments are only required to set up CCTV cameras in lobbies, parking spaces, entrances and exit gates, pools, corridors and the like.

He said CCTV cameras may not be set up in rooms, bathrooms, toilets, internal offices and working areas.

Advincula said the 17th City Council is also looking into the possibility of imposing the ordinance to businesses with a capital below P3 million.

However, he said the Council might have a hard time imposing such since small establishments might not afford to purchase CCTV cameras.

He said the CCTV ordinance will not cover businesses whose capitalizations are "not determinable".

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 18, 2014.

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