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07 December 2023

Resident alert: RAK Police makes CCTV cameras mandatory for all

By Mohammed Al Sadafy

The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has instructed shopping malls, government departments, hospitals, schools, mosques, shops, residential and commercial buildings and villas to install security surveillance systems (CCTV).

Gen. Ali Abdallah Alwan, Commander-in-Chief of Ras Al Khaimah Police, said the project would be executed in four stages. The first phase will cover shopping malls, supermarkets and gold and jewellery shops.

Starting from February 21, the entities will have two-month grace period to install CCTVs.

Brigadier Jamal Ahmad Al Tayer, Director-General of Resources and Support Services Department at Ras Al Khaimah Police, stressed that all the security and surveillance systems must comply with the specifications mentioned by the authorities.

“CCTV cameras should have clear and colour vision and must be installed at all entrances and exits of the facility. Cameras should have good quality to identify person in the video.”

Moreover, the CCTV cameras should be placed at the entrance to monitor elevators and reception, he said, adding that entrance and exit of parking lots should also be monitored through CCTV and vehicle’s number plate should also be readable.

According to specifications set by Ras al Khaimah Police, all the entities should have videos of at least 90 days of all surveillance cameras.

The surveillance cameras should only be handled by the authorized staff and employees of licensing section of Ras Al Khaimah Police, it said.