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Fear of Crime and Security Solution

Published On : 09/05/2016

The wave of world’s adverse situation touches Bangladesh also. For that reason, 2015 was different than the previous couple of years. Bombing, petrol bomb attack on public transport, blogger murder in open air, women sexually assaulted in the Bengali New Year, secular publisher and writer murder in his own chamber, foreigner’s murder, firing and bombing in religious infrastructures all these activities have made anxious countries top to bottom. Theft, burglary, extremism and terrorism activities are increasing day by day not only in Bangladesh but also all over the world. The fear of crime has increased as we are not well protected that may gives a feeling of security that should not be underestimated. He will understand the fear who has been burgled how they felt immediately after a crimeoccurred. The public security has been declining and fear of crime has been incresing where government and private sector were looking forward the solution. The requirement of security product and solutions has been increasing gradually considering the crime happening around us as mentioned above. Security cameras are a great way to provide security for your home or workplace. As well as providing you with video footage of any events which may happen, they also act as a visible deterrent to criminals. soThe IP camera , CCTV and other surveillance solutions has became common now a days.

Whom you can believe now a days? the security guard? driver? Your home maid? Your relatives? No way. Where you lost your faith on human beings and law to ensure the security, you need to help yourself. Here we the technical solutions and devices. A good device and technical solution is atypical to deceive you. They never slumber during its surveillance duty.

CCTV means Closed-circuit television is also known as video surveillance. This instrument is for use of video cameras to transmit signal to a specific place, on a limited set of monitor. It is different from broadcast television as the signal is not openly transmitted. It may employ point to point (P2P), point to multi point and mesh wireless links. These primitive solutions comprised with camera and monitor and those are used for only live monitoring. They did not have the feature of footage recording.
CCTV systems are a great deterrent to potential thieves. Once they realise that your home or business is protected by a closed circuit television system they invariably choose to go somewhere else.It also helps to ensure adherence to health and safety policies and can be invaluable in staff training. shop lifters deliberately target businesses with poor security and will think twice if there is an increased risk they may be caught on camera.

The prosecution rates for businesses / home owners using CCTV is many times higher than that for those without CCTV. If you are unfortunate enough to be a victim of crime at least there will be a strong chance of detection and conviction. In an increasingly litigious society is has never been more important to protect your business against claims that are not legitimate. CCTV can eliminate this and reduce your premiums. Helps to keep an eye on your home or business when you aren’t there. All our CCTV systems can be viewed and controlled remotely over the internet (via an iPhone, laptop etc). In addition to this, AIS can provide an independent 24/7 monitoring service.

History:
CCTV technology was first used in Germany in 1942. Engineer Walter Bruch designed the system which was monitoring of V-2 rockets. In 1949 the technology was launched on a commercial basis. That year a government contractor named Vericon began promoting CCTV system. In September, 1968 CCTV camera was installed in commercial highways of Alien in New York City. After that CCTV was installed in Times Square in New York. The New York police had an intention to reduce criminal activities, but they initiative was not successful. In 1980 public places of the United Stated had gone under the coverage of CCTV surveillance. At that time, the authority seemed that it would be more beneficial to increase CCTV camera rather than police troops. In 1990 the United States had increased the use of CCTV in housing projects, schools, public parks. Then the use of the system was broadly used in banks, shopping center to defend burglar and other crime. There were 3000 live CCTV cameras New York City at that time.

CCTV distributors of Bangladesh said that the market size of CCTV has increased and the demand increased 2 times during last two years. Now CCTV is the key security protection appliance for bank, insurance company, financial organization, corporate office to personal business office even in residential areas.

Different security agency, including law and enforcement troops of Bangladesh government has installed CCTV in important point of Dhaka city as well as highways for security purpose.
It’s very crucial to take proper security in now a day and age in Bangladesh. Beside business and commercial properties our homes also need better security. CCTV is considered as one of the most popular and cost effective ways of providing security in the home and place of work. This equipment is very successful to deter thieves, burglars and other crimes. Though some thought that CCTV is not so effective to decrease crime. But it is sure that CCTV certainly makes thieves, burglars and other criminals think twice at the very least.

How it help to Ensure Security
CCTV helps to ensure security. There are many benefits of using a CCTV security system. Some are obvious, others less so. Users report a number of immediate and tangible benefits after having a CCTV system installed. Let’s see how CCTV helps to ensure security.

Increased deterrent – CCTV systems act as a great deterrent to potential thieves. Once they realize that any home or business is protected by a closed circuit television system they invariably choose to go somewhere else.

Fear reduction – Most people have often confessed that the presence of CCTV cameras makes them feel safer. Feeling safe gives peace of mind to Business owners, employees and homeowner that not only are their businesses or property safe, but also are their loved ones.

Control your staff and save thousands- Do you know what your staff is doing? Do you know what time they arrive and leave, what time they take off for cigarette breaks and how long they chat to their friends? With the minimum wage increasing, your staff could be costing you more than you think.

The ability for managers to see what is going on throughout their business from their own offices or desks greatly saves on time every day. By reorganizing your staff to work more efficiently you could save yourself a lot of money per year.

Home Security: Home CCTV systems are increasingly becoming more popular as a more cost-effective way of protecting homes, outdoor areas, such as driveways and gardens from intrusion and other crimes.
A single camera system will allow you to record everyone coming to your house. Connect it to your broadband and you can view your house across the Internet. Having a few cameras on your holiday home will allow you to check up on it on a regular basis simply and easily.

We want our local industry to grow alongside our business. When we are planning to distribute any product locally we did the R&D to understand the demand of the product . Then its cost to import including the duty and tax. Taking this cost into account we fix the local price of the product. As we have to pay 47% duty on security camera , the price became higher then usual. Nowadays the demand of comprehensive security is increasing, but corresponding budgets decrease or stay same. But we want our country people to be safe and secure. So what to do? How could we underpriced the product as the duty is as high as 47%? So either the user became deprived to use such security service or the distributor became poignant to do business. Finally it impact the industry to grow. It not only develop the unhealthy business competition but also enhance the gray market had developed and government lost the revenue. We need to come out of this circle. To get out of such unhealthy practice we need to work together…Datum Salem, Managing Director, AGD Global.

Solid Support for Claims- By combining high-resolution imaging with sound recording capabilities, businesses can capture complete records of all that transpires within their facility. The capacity of DVR’s may be customized to meet the specific needs of any company, and may be kept as necessary in the event of any unforeseen incident

Reduced retail theft – shop lifters deliberately target businesses with poor security and will think twice if there is an increased risk they may be caught on CCTV.

Remote monitoring- One can monitor his / her CCTV system remotely over the Internet, which allows them to watch their home and property while they are away.

CCTV Demand in Bangladesh

With the rise of security concerns sale of CCTV and other security device shoots up in Bangladesh. Mainly banks, industrialists are the biggest buyers. In 2013, security products importer Credible Technology would receive 8 to 10 queries in a day. After two years later in 2015, the number has shot up to 30 queries a day, according to the media. Mahbubur Rahman, company’s chief executive officer.

“On many days, the number of queries is more than that”, he said, adding that Credible Technology’s monthly sales crossed 50 million taka (US$ 643,095) in 2015, compared to 20 million taka ($257,238) in early 2013. [Source-the daily star]

The growth of Credible Technology is not an isolated incident. The entire security market especially CCTV’s market’s scenario is same.

“Any one who can afford to buy equipment is now seeking extra security measure to deal with their safety concerns. Even a small grocer wants to establish surveillance on his shop and monitor his salesmen from his home.”

“The demand for CCTV cameras and access networks is quite high” said Md Mohiuddin, owner of MM Technology, A Chittagong based security importer.

CCTV Distributors in Bangladesh
There are many companies in Bangladesh who sell CCTV. Some of them are Tech Valley Solutions Limited, Computer Source Ltd , Computer City Technologies Ltd, ‘ AGD IT Solution BD Ltd ‘, ‘Logic go bd’, ‘Richman Informatics ‘ etc. Basically the companies used to import products from the different country of the world and distribute it locally. The product price is higher than some other country near to us. This is for the high duty of the product to import. The distributor have to pay 47 % duty to import CCTV camera. That makes the price high.

Collision of The Duty Considering The Benifits
Just take a look some heinous incidents happened which were discovered by the footage of CCTV in recent times in Bangladesh. ‘Women sexually assaulted amid Bengali New Year ‘, ‘Premier University Student killed in BCL clash’, ‘Bank security guard murdered in Chittagong’, ‘Publisher and writer Dipon murdered by extremist ‘, ‘ Jubo League leader Riazul Haque Khan Milky murdered’, ‘Ghoiroya Hotel worker killed by owner ‘, ‘Jewelery shop loot by miscreants’, ‘Businessman abducted and loot 1.5 lakh taken in day light’, ‘Arsonist tries to burn Garment factory’ etc. All these criminal activities were exposed due to the usages of CCTV. So the benefit of security cameras is huge that cannot be ignored. Bangladesh government also understand the necessity of this device and ordered the administration accordingly.

Already Dhaka City Corporation north is planning to deploy 1200 CCTV. It is clear that it would be a good step taken by government to ensure the security of Dhaka city. So imposing 47% duty on such demanded product is contradictory . The government itself procuring the devices that cost huge.

BCS does not stand for hardware product anymore rather to established an association to work for ICT product and relevant services industry to grow. It is our key concern to change the perception of hardware to ICT product, a whole range of IT product that use to be digitalize. We , The Bangladesh Computer Samity (BCS) stoutly stand against the scatter VAT and TAX on ICT product that imposed by the government. And The CCTV camera issue in also undercover with others. We have already outlined a proposal and submitted it to the concern Ministry and expecting to come up with a proper solution out of it. Security Camera is itself a digital device so to impose 47% duty on this digital device is unfair where we are talking and working to have a digital country. The digital product and services should not be as expensive as it became a hurdle to acquire or sale. Inapt VAT and Duty made the product expensive to procure. By imposing 47 % duty The service and product became pricey that makes the digital service expensive. The government has been procuring this product at costly, so the service became expensive for the government also to offer for the public. So if we want to reach the door steps with digital service we need to have the service in an affordable price, so that the rural can be connected with the digital arenas. To ensure the affordability and the accessibility in ICT, the devices should be free from such kind of ambiguous duty. We are committed ourselves to work on it dedicatedly. …Ali Ashfaq, President, BCS

When someone find that she / he has to spend 1.5 times more money to have a CCTV. Then they must discourage to get CCTV. Imposing the 47% duty on CCTV makes the service expensive. Then we assume that miscreants will be reckless. Gangster and hooligans would be desperate to commit any criminal activities. They even don’t think twice to do any kind of wicked activities. So people have to be mentally ready to have another fierce year like ‘2015’ or more. If that happens then that would not good news for Bangladesh.

This duty on CCTV is a not a prudent decision taken by government. As every security cameras price will increase almost one and half (1.5) times than before. That means if any CCTV’s price $100 then after the imposing duty a buyer have to spend $147! That’s a big amount. This extra amount of money must discourage people to buy CCTV for security purpose. As a result criminal activities would cease. That would be a future headache for the government as well.

The government wants to create a more secure city as well as a country but imposed a high duties on CCTV. This decision contradicts their intention to have a secure country. CCTV is an ICT product like other like printer, monitor, personal computer, Laptop, Camera, etc. Present government has been working to make Bangladesh digitalized.

To make a secure and digital Bangladesh government should consider the duty comparing with other ICT product. The concern authority and business community also need to work together to reduce this duty so that the product may become affordable for the mass.

More over the government should some common strategy and policy guideline to impose duty and tax upon the ICT products .If we want a digital country in a fact we need to consider these issues seriously to have a fine infrastructure to move forward.

 




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