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Cameras “with facial recognition” to watch over Belize City

Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2019. 9:34 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: “Every breath you take and every move you make/Every bond you break, every step you take, I’ll be watching you.” – The Police, “Every Breath You Take” (1983)

While Commissioner of Police Chester Williams couldn’t help a chuckle when asked if the new camera installed at the corner of King and Albert Streets will be able to recognize Channel 7 News Director Jules Vasquez as handsome, their use will be no joke to the criminals.

The installation is part of an expanded surveillance program to fight crime in Belize City, mentioned in Prime Minister Dean Barrow’s Independence Day speech, when he said that Police are working with Digi on the project.

Several – no number was given – of the cameras will be installed across the City, some of which will carry facial recognition equipment, while others will be able to picture vehicle license plates.

The pilot project goes through December and January with a full-scale rollout to follow. Separately, the Republic of China (Taiwan) is collaborating with the Department to install 100 cameras.

“I can see a bright future for Belize City in the sense that we will have the entire City under surveillance on a 24-hour basis, because the cameras have night vision capabilities, and with that we should be able to have a better control of the crime situation in the Old Capital,” Commissioner Williams concluded.


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