BCPO Deputy City Director for Operations, Police Chief Inspector Dexter Ominga said it is important for business establishments to provide personnel who would be monitoring the CCTVs.
By having persons monitoring the surveillance cameras, there is more assurance of protection when crimes are being committed in actual time as it can be acted or responded upon immediately by the security personnel and police elements.
Police operatives use footages of the CCTV for their investigation and solution of crimes but this is more effective if it will be used as a crime prevention tool with persons monitoring the surveillance cameras, he said.
A report by the BCPO also shows that CCTVs are helpful in resolving crimes of theft and robbery.
In 2017, the city government passed the “No CCTV, No Business Permit Ordinance of the City of Baguio,” mandatorily requiring business establishments to install CCTV cameras, video recorders and monitors for security purposes.
As provided in the measure, all business establishments including all restaurants, schools, hospitals, malls, shopping centers, movie houses, theaters, supermarkets, groceries, entertainment centers, office buildings, public utility terminals, banks, shopping malls, department/convenience stores, gasoline stations, pawnshops, money changers, all bars, warehouses or general merchandise, and other similar establishments are mandated to install and maintain in good working condition CCTV cameras, video recorders and monitors and operate the same on a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week basis.
The requirement also applies to boarding houses with a maximum of five rooms or three units and above, carwash, emission test and auto repair shops.
Ominga lamented that it is unfortunate that said measure on CCTV exempts some establishments particularly those identified as small stores with annual capital income of less than P60,000 and business establishments with less than three employees; boarding houses with a maximum of four rooms or two units; small auto vulcanizing and carwash shops are exempted from the requirement. (PIA CAR)