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Video Surveillance Can Bolster Women Safety

Safety of women is a major concern and adequate steps need to be taken with immediate effect

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There is a growing concern in India about rising number of crimes against women. The amount of cases reported in the media depicts the alarming situation. However, the rising number of crimes against women reflects a dangerous trend in Indian metro and cities.

Post the Nirbhaya case in 2012, a slew of measures were promised by the government to ensure the safety of women which included many reforms at judicial and police level. After Justice Verma Committee’s recommendations, there were some measures taken by the state governments and law enforcement authorities to deter the crimes against women but more planning and efforts are needed in this regard. 

Safety of women is a major concern and adequate steps need to be taken with immediate effect. Video Surveillance Technology can be very helpful in bolstering the cause of woment safety. As India is developing Smart Cities and Safe Cities, the policy makers need to prioritize women safety as one of the major focus areas.  

Video Surveillance Technology: Video Surveillance Technology has evolved with time and apart from serving the citizen, it can also help the cause of women safety in a proactive way. First and foremost, women should feel safe and comfortable while being inside the city. Here, video surveillance has emerged as one of the key components of the safety and security framework – for both law enforcement organisations and city councils, as it allows for real-time monitoring, evaluation of situations and provides capability for taking the appropriate action and preventive surveillance. 

Video Surveillance has developed from Analog to IP Cameras and today latest cameras are supported by Artificial Intelligence (AI) Applications and Deep Learning algorithms. In case of women safety and security Video Surveillance Technology can do great service to law enforcement agencies, victims and citizen by prevention, detection and identification.

Video Surveillance Solution: Video Surveillance solutions deliver scalable, well-proven network video solutions that offer outstanding video surveillance and monitoring capability, combined with exceptional flexibility that keeps costs down. CCTV-generated enforcement focus on the reduction of overall crime, violence and terrorism prevention. In case of women safety video surveillance solution is the most effective deterrent to crimes. It has a proven track record of prevention of crimes against women. In case of attack or harassment of women proactive video surveillance can help the victim in real time.

Video Analytics: Video analytics exceptionally increase the functionalities of the cameras and decode the video footage to nab culprits and identify them with Face Recognition Solutions. 

Evidence Class Video: While Video Surveillance Technology can help to ensure the women safety by deterring, detecting and defending with help of proactive monitoring and real time alerts through command and Control Room of any Safe City or Smart City. IP Video Surveillance can produce an evidence class video to depict the incident as it unfolded in the court of law or for making headway into forensic investigations. 

Advocacy for Women Safety: There are ongoing debates and opinions on Video Surveillance in developed countries where privacy issues are contested as main reasoning against video surveillance. In a highly populated country like India Video Surveillance for women safety needs to be handled carefully with gender sensitivity to get the positive results. Here law enforcement agencies and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOS) can play a stellar role to change the stereotypes and help women from all walks of life.

Supporting Women Safety Tools: Only Video Surveillance is not enough to deter crimes against women. Some smart measure like GPS Switch, Emergency Panic Box and RFID Band can help women in the crisis situation. There are other option of keeping Chilli Powder, Learning Self Defence Techniques and Martial Arts.

Pre-Crime Video Surveillance measures: To ensure women safety and security Video Surveillance Cameras should be mandatory for public places like Schools, Colleges, Malls, Railway & Metro Stations, Airports, Bus Stands, Transport Terminals, Parks, Cinema Halls, etc.

Post -Crime Surveillance measures:

* Forensic Analysis of Surveillance Video 

* Evidence Class Surveillance Video Footage 

* Protecting the Video Footage from theft or vandalism

* Having back-up in the Cloud Storage

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Ashish Dhakan

The author is MD & CEO, Prama Hikvision India Pvt. Ltd.

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