The Jamaican government has announced that it will make it mandatory for businesses and entertainment events to install outward-facing cameras as part of efforts to combat crime.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness has stated that these cameras will be linked to the Jamaica Eye program, which has already been instrumental in helping police catch criminals by using footage from CCTV cameras.
The decision to require cameras comes after yet another attack on guards and vehicles belonging to Beryllium.
The Prime Minister has also expressed concern about the targeting of cash deliveries, which he believes is an attack on Jamaica’s financial infrastructure.
Mr. Holness has explained that the installation of cameras at entertainment events will provide additional security and help prevent crime.
He also notes that the Jamaica Constabulary Force has been incorporating technology into its operations and that the use of CCTV footage has already proven useful in capturing criminals.
Despite the fact that the attack on Beryllium’s assets was directed at a private company responsible for its own security arrangements, Mr. Holness has emphasised that the government views any deliberate attack on critical infrastructure as a serious matter.
He has also warned that organised crime should be considered a criminal terrorist threat to Jamaica.
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