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  • Jamaicans are being urged to partner with the Ministry of National Security to create a national close-circuit television (CCTV) system.
  • The National Security Minister said this will assist the police in solving crimes committed in specific areas.
  • He said this will significantly reduce the amount of money spent to house inmates in penal institutions.

Jamaicans are being urged to partner with the Ministry of National Security to create a national close-circuit television (CCTV) system.

The appeal came from Portfolio Minister Hon. Robert Montague during a town hall meeting with residents and business owners of New Kingston at the Courtleigh Hotel recently.

“We are going to be setting up a system where we are going to be asking you to give us or lend us your feed from specific cameras,” he said.

The National Security Minister said this will assist the police in solving crimes committed in specific areas.

In the meantime, Mr. Montague said the Ministry is still exploring the option of electronically monitoring low risk offenders.

He said this will significantly reduce the amount of money spent to house inmates in penal institutions.

“It cost you the tax payer $880,000 per year to keep one man and when you electronically monitor them, it cost you $77, 000,” he said.

The Security Minister said the plan is for family members to provide the financial support.

Also, Mr. Montague said proper waiting facilities will be built to accommodate families who visit inmates.

The meeting sought to inform citizens of programmes being implemented by the Ministry to reduce crime.