Over the past few weeks, we’ve been reporting on the security cameras installed at various spots in San Ignacio Town and Benque Viejo del Carmen. Those cameras were installed in 2019 through a partnership between the Belize Police Department, Alternative Networks Limited and Belize VU. The plan was for police to use the live feed for citizen security but for years, everyone has had access to the feed, putting residents at risk. Today, police commissioner Chester Williams was asked about it.
Chester Williams, Commissioner, Belize Police Department: “At first, when I was told about it a couple years ago when it just started in San Ignacio I had some reservations about it because I believe that if a criminal would want to commit a crime in a particular area, they could just switch to a TV channel and they see how the camera is pointed and they know exactly how to manoeuvre the camera. But, I have been educated to some extent now and have been told that this is something that happens across the globe where cameras in public places can be viewed on a particular channel in TV and it’s okay. Now that does not mean that it’s okay where it’s okay with us. I still would prefer for that not to occur because it certainly can be used as an aid by criminals in order for them to know how to manoeuvre the police, having been able to see in real time how the cameras are pointed.”