7,350 buildings get 43,800 CCTV cameras in Ras al Khaimah

As many as 43,801 CCTV cameras have been installed inside and outside 7,357 buildings in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah in pursuance of the ‘Himaya’ or ‘Protection’ system. The comprehensive surveillance system has been instructed by His Highness Shaikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, to enhance safety, security, and stability in the emirate. Major General Ali Abdullah bin Alwan Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of the RAK Police, said 7,357 out of 16,000 buildings targeted have observed the law No. 3/2015 under the supervision of the RAK Police and the General Resources Authority. “These entities include a big number of centres, shops, establishments, government departments, public institutions, mosques, hospitals, schools, hotels, rest houses, jewelry shops, villas, as well as residential towers and buildings.”

The 43,801 CCTV cameras installed include 25,542 internal cameras, and 18,259 external cameras, he added. “This is a record achievement that reflects a complete awareness of the importance of the Himaya System.” Maj-Gen Nuaimi said the move is in line with a global scheme that depends on advanced technological systems to enhance security. “The new system helps detect and curb crimes, track and catch criminals in a record time.” Brigadier Jamal Ahmed Al Tair, Chairman of the General Resources Authority, RAK, said they have accredited 80 out of 100 service providers targeted for the job following a big number of intensive courses. “We have also qualified and trained hundreds of engineers and technicians at the American University in RAK so that they can professionally sell and install the CCTV cameras in all buildings across the emirate.”

Noting, he said more courses are planned to train and license a new batch of service providers, engineers and technicians who have all to meet certain conditions, and fall under follow-up inspection. “The General Resources Authority, in collaboration with the Licensure Section of the RAK Police, is launching regular inspection campaigns against all institutions to ensure their compliance with the new system,” he said, announcing that they have detected 371 violations on the side of service providers.-