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CCTV becomes contemporary citizens’ tool for vigil
Published on 22 May. 2011 11:28 PM IST
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Expensive dresses were mysteriously disappearing from clothes retailer Gurkirat Singh’s storehouse in Delhi’s Palika Bazaar. Fed up, he installed a CCTV and monitored the footage every day. Within a few weeks he caught the thief -- an employee who had been working with him for a decade.
Singh is one of the growing tribe of people who are getting over their technological reservations and owning up to the devious device. Be it to monitor their nanny’s movement or to keep an eye on an employee, CCTVs come in where security guards and the good-old dogs fail.
In the Dhaula Kuan rape case where a BPO employee hailing from Mizoram was raped in a moving vehicle in November last year, it was a CCTV which captured the four accused and played a pivotal role in their arrests. Yet again, when 20-year-old engineering student Shobhit Modi was found murdered near his house in Vasant Kunj, it was CCTV footage from a mall that showed that Modi entered the area with two girls around May 5 and showed him exiting the building alone.
CCTV or Closed-Circuit Television Camera can either be directly connected to a monitor for live-viewing or footage can be recorded on a hard disk to view it later.
According to electronic store owners, sales of the gadget have escalated over the years with a clientele that ranges from over-protective parents to watchful businessmen.
The price ranges anywhere from `350 to `8,000, depending on the features, brand and extra attachments one wishes to buy. The Japanese models are top of the price and quality range, followed by Taiwanese and Chinese models.
“There are different sizes for different uses. Like you can get a video recorder as small as a matchbox which has limited usability and a full-size recorder with night vision,” said Vidit Raheja of Crown Electronics in a popular market.

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