By : M.S.Yatnatti Editor and Video Journalist Bengaluru : According to press reports footage from CCTV cameras has become a crucial weapon in the fight against crime in Bengaluru and worldwide , providing key leads to the city police in cases ranging from bank heist to chain snatching to assault and molestation. In many cases, police cracked a case in record time with the help of footage from surveillance cameras.In the first seven months this year, footage from CCTV cameras provided clues to cops in almost half of the robbery and theft cases solved. Till July 31 this year, 350 cases of robbery and theft were reported in Bengaluru, and CCTV camera footage provided crucial evidence in 120 of the 250 cases solved.Last week, the city police arrested two youths for stealing 25 motorcycles, and CCTV camera footages were instrumental in identification of the accused and their arrests."Soon after collecting footage from a CCTV camera, Police scan them and decide the next course of action. If it is a robbery case, police send the photos to police stations across Karnataka and ask them to identify the suspects.Also, teams are sent to railway stations, bus stands and airports. In house theft cases, footage of the intruders are matched with offenders having a criminal record. Most of the time, habitual offenders who would have committed the crime,are caught with the help of footage.Senior police officers are now asking people to install CCTV cameras in their locality as CCTV cameras provide additional security and help police keep an eye on crime according to police . The State Legislature has cleared bill making CCTV installation compulsory in all the public places. Both the houses of the state legislature have cleared the Karnataka Public Safety (Measures) Enforcement Bill-2017 by voice vote which makes CCTV must in all the public places including temples, commercial establishments etc.According to the bill, all the establishments where more than 500 people visit per day must install CCTVs in an adequate number. CCTVs must be installed both in all the entry and exit points.Bill also allows the police and other law enforcing agencies to seize the CCTV footages whenever required. As per the bill provision, organisations should save the CCTV footages of at least 30 days and must submit the hard disc whenever law enforcing agencies want them to do so. It can be recalled that state police have already made installation of CCTVs must in all the schools and educational institutions in 2014 itself following series of sexual abuse on girl children in educational institutions.Janasadbhawana has launched mission safe Bengaluru in association with Bangalore city police to create public awareness, under public police partnership (p.p.p)"for safe & crime free society orreconstruction of society. Many experts would suggest Janasadbhawana should create an atmosphere and urge all police people and Rowdy sheeters if any ,Government officers,Corporators and Ministers and MLAs other important personalities and businesses should wear body wearing cameras for creating a safe Bengaluru.