CRIMINAL elements will not be able to escape via South and North Luzon Expressways as the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said it will put up Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in coordination with the management of the expressways.

NCRPO Director Roberto Rosales said the full CCTV system, which can recognize vehicle license plates, will cost about P10 million.

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The proposed system, the official added, can scan, profile, and identify motor vehicles at speed of fraction of a second using modern digital character recognition technology.

Rosales said he will ask the SLEX and NLEX management to share or provide counterpart funding to ensure that the program will push through adding that it will have immense benefits to motorists as well as deter crimes.

“The CCTV system is an effective tool in addressing crimes such as car theft, kidnapping, hijacking, robbery and other illegal activities,” Rosales said.

He added that in case of a car chase, checkpoints could immediately be established if suspected vehicles are spotted around the jurisdiction of the monitored area.

Since he took over the command of the 15,000-strong NCRPO last year, Rosales has implemented various programs utilizing modern technology such as the use of CCTV to monitor crime-prone areas and other places the public tend to congregate.

Another program of Rosales was Global Positioning System (GPS) as well as the acquisition of some 105 Blackberry phones to provide policemen a "real-time" verification of vehicle registration for anti-car theft operations and on-line criminal record verification for street crime fighting.

The current CCTV system can access 2,000 areas in Metro Manila and the video footage are sent to the NCRPO tactical command operations center at Camp Bagong Diwa for processing and dispatch of personnel.

Several local government units have also followed the NCRPO’s lead and installed their own CCTV system.

The local governments of Taguig, Pasay, Makati, Muntinlupa, Pasig, San Juan, Marikina, and Manila have already installed the system in their respective localities as a crime deterrent.

The NCRPO also purchased P15 million worth of relay stations for better management of the CCTV systems.

Patrol cars and motorcycles have been acquired to ensure greater mobility of police personnel. (AH/Sunnex)