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VI’s CCTV network in final stages of roll-out– CoP Collins

- said delays in laying of fibre optic lines slowing roll-out
Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Commissioner of Police, Mr Mark Collins has announced that the CCTV roll-out in the VI is almost complete. Photo: GIS/Facebook
Earlier in the year, the RVIPF had encouraged the use of CCTV Cameras in the VI following a spate of burglaries. Photo: Internet Source
Earlier in the year, the RVIPF had encouraged the use of CCTV Cameras in the VI following a spate of burglaries. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) Commissioner of Police Mr Mark Collins has announced that the CCTV roll-out in the Virgin Islands (VI) is almost complete.

Mr Collins made the announcement while answering questions from the media over the CCTV footage and crime solving in the VI during an October 12, 2023, press conference.

One reporter claimed that oftentimes there are reports of CCTV cameras not working.

“I'm not sure about any times when CCTV is not working. I mean we have a good network of CCTV across the territory now and we're in the final stages of that roll-out,” he said.

The Commissioner added, “There have been some delays in it because of some of the fibre optic lines that needed to be laid and things like that. So it's taken longer than what we thought, but we also have a good network of private CCTV, business CCTV, and you know of course officers will wear body-worn cameras as well in terms of attending incidents,” he detailed.

Availability of video evidence 'never been better' - CoP Collins 

Mr Collins added that given the prevalence of CCTV footage, the ability and the availability of evidence through CCTV and body-worn cameras have never been better.

“Of course, there will be times where an incident occurs where the camera is facing the other way, you know, sometimes the network is down and things like that, but I’m not getting many reports to say the CCTV’s not working, if I’m honest,” he said.

Meanwhile, earlier in the year, the RVIPF had encouraged the use of CCTV Cameras in the VI following a spate of burglaries.

“In this modern era, CCTV is accessible, inexpensive, and easy to install. The footage can be stored remotely on the cloud and can be monitored in real-time from any location around the world. Law enforcement can also be alerted while the offense is being committed,” Chief Inspector Vernon Larocque stated.

Mr Larocque added, “While there are no foolproof measures to prevent burglaries, there is some peace of mind knowing that even if you are not at home, there are eyes keeping watch and recording activities in and around your property,” he added.

35 Responses to “VI’s CCTV network in final stages of roll-out– CoP Collins”

  • ta ta (18/10/2023, 10:00) Like (12) Dislike (18) Reply
    More lies from this guy that no one trust
  • The Reaper (18/10/2023, 10:14) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
  • oh boy (18/10/2023, 10:29) Like (14) Dislike (11) Reply
    This man has a serious challenge with the truth so you can't believe a word he says. We will see.
  • NDP supporter (18/10/2023, 10:30) Like (9) Dislike (11) Reply
    I thought he was saying he was rolling out of BVI for good due to incompetence.
  • Hmmmm (18/10/2023, 10:31) Like (12) Dislike (14) Reply
    There needs to be an independent review of this man's performance. It cannot be done by the Governor.
  • Tell us... (18/10/2023, 10:34) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    He needs to inform the public what is his succession plans for the force if it is still existing by the time he is ready to leave.
  • Clearly (18/10/2023, 10:35) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    It is impossible to do a job of this nature effectively when you are working with an agenda rather than just doing your job.
  • please (18/10/2023, 10:36) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    We have heard this same story already over & over again.
  • Vg man (18/10/2023, 10:41) Like (21) Dislike (11) Reply
    Who is looking for who? The crime is on the streets looking for him but he is busy in the office only looking for COI crimes from their preauthored report to try to fulfill their attempt to discredit & takeover agenda. This is the real issue the country is facing.
    • Well said (18/10/2023, 12:53) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
      Well said Vg man. Well said. Clearly the wrong focus.
    • Call a spade (18/10/2023, 15:00) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      Crime is crime. "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" a great man once said that.
      • @Call a spade (18/10/2023, 19:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Amen! Slavery was not considered to be a crime years ago but we all know who was engaging it and enforcing it was wrong. Let that sink in you for a bit.
  • Finally (18/10/2023, 10:44) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    “Of course, there will be times where an incident occurs where the camera is facing the other way, you know, sometimes the network is down and things like that, but I’m not getting many reports to say the CCTV’s not working, if I’m honest,” he said.

    The above are his words. So is he finally saying there are times he is not being honest?
  • 21st Century (18/10/2023, 10:46) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    They need to arm each of the police officers rather than having them walking around with a taser and a baton saying halt in the name of the king. These days are long gone. Then the officers will feel safer to patrol all over more often.
  • Let's face it (18/10/2023, 10:48) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    All this man is standing on is he cannot fight crime unless he gets his oppressive violation of people's rights police act passed how he wants it so he can search people's homes without a warrant and other high handed tactics without accountability or the people having any recourse.
  • East End woman (18/10/2023, 10:50) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    Poor management is killing the police force because it has many good officers but poor management.
  • What a face (18/10/2023, 10:52) Like (13) Dislike (6) Reply
    If I could just get rid of you people who challenging me and who I want to lock up then I will be just fine.
    • @what a face (18/10/2023, 23:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I hope that was just a badly timed photo and not an indication of what his face was like throughout the conference.
  • Be Fair (18/10/2023, 10:58) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    You cannot blame the police for crime. That is a larger issue for discussion. But my issue is crime has increased but not police pressence and patrolling. Why can't he first admit he needs help managing the police force so he can utilize the resources better and plan more effectively. Something just is not adding up with his strategy. If the criminals realize there is heavier police presence they will think twice but they too done realize there is little police presence and the police are not armed.
    • Be Fair (19/10/2023, 04:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      The police involved in them crime I c police smiled when they showed up after a shooting them island man only come here to buy car and and dress up, on one here like island people , I is one of them
  • Surveillance (18/10/2023, 12:07) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    by video cameras is everywhere now in the BVI. The IT police are monitoring every bit of data they receive on the internet. Your IP address will bring you down better than any video camera. Keep commenting until the unexpected knock on your door by guess who?
    • @Surveillance (18/10/2023, 14:27) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      So you're getting involved in intimidation now. You must leave the Commissioner of Police & Governor alone when they are not doing what they are supposed to do but it is okay to post negative stuff on all elected officials, public officers and others. It is this kind of fear that is haunting our BVI as freedom of speech is only good depending on who you speak about. What a slavery mentality and a slavery mindset post.
  • WOW (18/10/2023, 13:06) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
    The local paid bloggers are out in full force today. Where are the UK paid bloggers to provide balance here?
  • Local (18/10/2023, 13:10) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Commissioner you talk to much not everything you let the criminals know what is going on , certain thing should be done secretecy.
  • Honestly (18/10/2023, 13:40) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have nothing personal against the COP but let's keep it real! We rake our local Government Officials over the coals for even mud on the roads after the last set of bad weather but when it comes to RVIPF they continue to get a pass. They closed down entire Police Stations for months and no real outrage, their own officers are involved with the biggest cocaine bust in BVI history and on bail enjoying life, excuses after excuses while people are scared to live in their own homes because they cannot rely on the force to make them feel safe. Then the Governor talking a bout Police Act? We need a properly functioning force before we can think on changing any Act. Even the Prison, look at the place, again, ran by two UK officers and again, they continue to get a pass. BVI people deserve what they get because they only have energy for their own people. When you listen to the fake freedom fighter aka fake media house lady on that morning show daily, she is always defending those same UK people but ready to kill our Premier even for the slightest of things. Makes you wonder who is funding her foolish agenda. When it comes to the UK people she says let the process run its course, do not be quick to judge, but when its locals involved she goes as far as making up entirely false stories.
    • @Honestly (18/10/2023, 14:23) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well said.
    • To Honestly (18/10/2023, 14:34) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Some of our people only know how to gossip on each other and try to bring down each other out of jealousy and hatred.. When it comes to the Governor and all subjects under him like the police they are afraid to call out his inefficiencies because he might come after them through abuse of power with his UK Commissioner of Police. If it was a local or Caribbean person the Commissioner of Police the public would be having a field day now on the blogs calling him out. Let's call it like it is --- the Governor & Commissioner of Police are running the country and the police force through fear and intimidation.
  • WOW (18/10/2023, 14:21) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Everything we thought we had in terms of policing. We don’t have. How do you want a police bill passed if the cctv hasn’t been turned on?

    I mean don’t you think that might help without legislation???
  • Big Richard (18/10/2023, 16:22) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    There are trained, qualified technicians employed to manage & maintain the system ? I doubt it.
  • George Orwell (18/10/2023, 18:42) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Following my forecasts from the 40's. Very good BVI. Big Brother is watching your every move, listening to your private cell calls, reading anything you post on the internet and recording it all for evidence.
    • And what... (18/10/2023, 23:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @george Orwell, I think we were doing that to each other before rhe big brother system came into play so what is the point. If we against big brother in bvi, we should be against travelling too because big brother is everywhere.
  • Network (19/10/2023, 07:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Network companies are giving very poor service. CCTV footage could be compromised easily they need to be held accountable for poor service to the territory. Everyday they are reaping from their customers and can't get it right. Trc must be held accountable also they allowing these companies to continue to give poor service and capitalize on their customers.
  • Hmmmm (22/10/2023, 22:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Watch soggy dollar. Can..always on

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