Finally, after a long wait, police has started installing Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) security cameras in Gulu Municipality in a bid to curb urban crimes.
One CCTV camera was installed on Cemetery road in Pece division and one at Gulu Avenue at the junction to Gulu central police station and Air field road.
The CCTV cameras will also be installed at Boma Ground – an open space behind Acholi Inn Laoo LTD; Gulu Public Primary School near the Main Mosque, St. Joseph’s College Layibi, and Lacor trading Centre.
The CCTV cameras are expected to help police to capture and arrest street criminals; impersonators and motorcycle thieves who have been destabilizing Gulu town residents.
Several incidences of violent crimes in Gulu have left residents, local leaders and security personnel stunned since the deadly attack on Gulu Central Police station on 13th June 2016 by unknown gunmen.
Government first planned to install CCTV cameras in 2013 but the idea was implemented in 2015 and 2016 following the assassination of prominent Ugandans including high-ranking security officers and Muslim clerics.
Over 2,500 surveillance CCTV security cameras have since been mounted in strategic locations in Kampala Metropolitan areas of Entebbe; Mukono and Wakiso districts.