Catania, “Big Brother” arrives: the eyes of 213 cameras in the city

The first installation in San Berillo. Mayor Salvo Pogliese: a turning point for the city in terms of safety and livability

Today the mayor Salvo Pogliese and the institutional representatives of the Prefecture and the Police Headquarters, in via Giovanni Di Prima 48, in the old district of San Berillo, have started the installation and activation of the first surveillance camera of the urban territory.

The opening of the construction site actually starts the operation of a network of 213 cameras, which will be positioned throughout the city as an element of prevention and repression of widespread crime.

In recent weeks, the municipal administration, in fact, with public procedure, has contracted to a company specialized in video surveillance systems the implementation of a vast network of remote control of the territory that will be managed by the operations room of the joint control systems, thanks to state funding for the safety of Metropolitan Cities on the basis of a project that the Municipality presented just under two years ago.

“I do not hesitate to define this realization of video surveillance as a turning point for Catania in terms of safety and livability,” said the mayor Salvo Pogliese. Despite the condition of financial distress, the Municipality has participated in the financing of the State, but in this way we will finally be able to control the territory to limit the phenomena related to widespread petty crime and therefore improve the perception of security of citizens throughout the city. The symbolic value of starting the installation right from the old district of San Berillo does not escape – continued the mayor – one of the areas that citizens legitimately consider most at risk, but on which the daily work of the forces and institutions has succeeded to give concrete signals to contain delinquent phenomena “.

The project of the municipal administration, aimed at increasing the perception of the degree of safety of citizens, will be guaranteed both in the areas afferent and surrounding the historic center, and in the tourist and social aggregation sites, but also in the parks and sports centers, in market areas with a high density of illegal trade and in peripheral areas considered more vulnerable.

The installation points of the control units, which will be operated by the wireless network, are a total of thirty-two, each of which provided by several cameras: in the case of the old San Berillo area, piazza della Repubblica and piazza Grenoble, there will be a total of nineteen cameras that will monitor for twenty-four hours. the whole area per day.