DOHA: The Ministry of Interior has asked jewellery shops to install surveillance cameras in their premises, as a year’s time given to them to do this ends in April.
As per the law regulating the installation of CCTV cameras, they should remain switched on round-the-clock and be operated from a control room. They must be maintained and upgraded from time to time.
The security systems department of the Interior Ministry said it will conduct inspections to check compliance after the deadline ends, and see if the technical specifications given by the ministry have been followed.
The number of cameras to be installed in a jewellery shop will be specified by the ministry, a local Arabic daily reported yesterday. The ministry can ask any firm in the country to set up CCTV cameras at its premises if needed in public interest.
A sign should be put up at such places that must read: “This area is under the surveillance of CCTV cameras”.
The footage of the cameras should be retained for four months (120 days) and should be ready to be handed over to the authorities concerned when it is needed, without any changes or tampering.
The footage cannot be copied, saved, sent or published without the permission of the authorities concerned.
The law stipulates up to three years’ jail term or QR50,000 in fine or both for installing surveillance cameras in bedrooms, physiotherapy centres, rooms for changing clothes and places specified for women.
CCTV cameras have helped detect several cases of theft in the country. An Arab expatriate was arrested based on CCTV footage for stealing the purse of a woman at a shopping complex in Al Saad.
In another similar case, a thief was arrested at a shopping centre of Pearl Qatar within few minutes of the incident. The police has arrested another individual for steeling QR60,000 from an exchange already installed CCTV camera. The exchanges houses have been also asked to install CCTV cameras.