The state government has given approval for the installation of 122 Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras and 28 Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras at Thane City, Rabodi, Naupada, Kalwa, Mumbra, Kasarvadavli, Kapurbawdi, Wagle Estate and Kopri areas of Thane Police Commissionerate. "The cameras will be useful to monitor law and order and detection of street crimes," said an officer from the state police headquarters. The total estimated cost of setting up cameras is around Rs 3 crore.
According to a state government official, it had been proposed by the local administration in Thane that within Zone I to Zone V in the jurisdiction of the Thane police commissionerate, CCTV cameras and related equipment should be installed at the important junctions and entry and exit points of the nine places. As per the officials, the cameras would store all the data which can be used to detect street crimes, monitoring law and order situations and for the overall security of the citizens.
"ANPR is a technology that uses optical character recognition on images to read vehicle registration plates. It is generally used to detect and deter criminality all over the world. It can use existing closed-circuit television, road-rule enforcement cameras, or cameras specifically designed for the task. In December 2017, the Mumbai traffic police had installed over 150 ANPR cameras at all the important junctions in the city to end the menace of over-speeding and racing," a police officer said.
"CCTVs indeed help us to a great extent in detecting crimes. Also from the use of ANPR cameras, it would be much easier to keep a check on the suspected vehicles if they pass through any important junction," said additional commissioner of police (crime), Ashok Morale.
Till December 2020, around 1400 CCTV cameras were installed in different parts of Thane city.