Minister gives update on CCTV cameras

National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has disclosed that some fifty two CCTV cameras have been installed with some twenty-six currently being operational.

However Francis said that the system is “a little archaic” and needs to be revamped.

“This is why Digicel allowed myself and the Commissioner of Police to travel to Haiti to look at what is happening in Haiti,” the Minister told reporters.

He said he and the Police Chief also went to Antigua last weekend and saw CCTV cameras in operation there.

According to Francis, he will be having a discussion with Digicel on Thursday of this week on incorporating other cameras into the system.

The former Deputy Police Commissioner revealed that he also has a meeting scheduled with the Chamber of Commerce so that they can “buy into” the CCTV arrangement.

“If you look at the United States and other places almost every crime that is committed is caught on CCTV camera and we need to go that way,” Francis declared.

He acknowledged that it would cost money but expressed the view that it can keep Saint Lucians safe.

As a result the Minister said the government would invest in the system.


  1. Eye in the Sky
    November 1, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Cameras do not keep anyone safe. All they do is record the crime for later retrieval. Private companies should also be careful about buying into “the CCTV arrangement.” What does buying into that arrangement actually mean and what exactly is “the arrangement”? The minister should also be very careful about using his office to promote one company’s services. Private companies should remain private and if need be their footage can be sought by the police through the right channels.

    1. Anonymous
      November 1, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      Well said. Furthermore, does the laws on our books allow for such evidence?

    2. Anonymous
      November 1, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      Why Digicel , was this activity an open tender or just another company offering free travel and perks to get contracts.

      1. i am JERRY SPRINGER
        November 2, 2016 at 4:39 am

        digicel is a waste of money.. a thief

      2. bon
        November 2, 2016 at 7:28 am

        whats about Flow ???

  2. Anonymous
    November 1, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    It will always take an Idiot to cretisize and condem and complain something that worth while. How can this country ever stop crimes when we have idiots amongst us.

  3. Clinton
    November 1, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    We must do all we can to stop crime there are countries were these cameras have been of great help .I fullly support the implimentation of these cameras .

    November 1, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    Has it ever dawned on the idiots who are so vocal that perhaps Digicel may as a corporate citizen voluntarily invested in the CCTV System while other companies with the resource and know-how have not seen it fitting. Perhaps apart from just getting a contract to set them up the company may see benefits that would enable their business to strive. After all which investor wants to work in an environment where crime is rampant and where their infrastructure is threatened. Now if collaboration with the Government will ensure that their investment is protected what’s the big deal if St. Lucians benefit as well and it is all above board. If they are doing it in Haiti and Antigua perhaps and have the know-how it is reasonable for them to invite the Government to see what they have being doing and to see how it works. Maybe a few more companies need to do the same. In the truest sense of the word CCTV does not necessarily anyone safe, however there is a safety factor inherent in the idea. Many a person would think twice bout committing crime if they know they are being viewed and will answer. So yes a murderer might be deterred from committing murder and in that sense the victim would have being kept safe by the mere presence of the camera. However if in this regards it fails the chance of solving the crime is enhanced by the ability to retrieve the footage for investigation. We have long complained about the Police rate of crime solving so why are we so pessimistic about this venture. As for whether the law allows for the type of evidence,last time I check I believe there was something in place, however, laws are written by Governments where there are needs and so it is a simple matter of enacting Laws to accommodate the new reality. So grow up St Lucians and be part of the solution and when you criticize let it be constructive.

    1. Lucian
      November 2, 2016 at 2:07 am

      Do not use the current crime situation as a justification for bad governance

      1. Anonymous
        November 2, 2016 at 8:41 am

        but lucian how does the statement of bad governance come in the mix here? smh with some you all, people shoot people in the middle of town and simply just walk away…maybe by being able to put these people behinds by using video evidence may help reduce reprisal killings and may help make here a bit safer….though some of you would like to see this government fall/fail there are many who just want things to improve regardless of who the PM is , its in our interest to pull up our socks and tighten those bootstraps and dig in and work and collaborate to make this fair helen better

      2. Lucian
        November 2, 2016 at 12:09 pm

        Video surveillance is not the issue and is a good initiative. The issue is making the selection process open and transparent. That’s where good governance comes in. Whether is corporate spomsorship or selection based on better technology , cost etc.

  5. Tits
    November 2, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Better to do a thing which can do something, than to not do something and to expect anything…

  6. Tits
    November 2, 2016 at 8:57 am

    888Than to do NOTHING and expect anything

  7. Anonymous
    November 2, 2016 at 9:08 am

    I live in NYC and many of these cameras do a great deal in solving crimes.

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