Narva Tragedy Reveals Surveillance System Shortfall
The disappearance and murder of a nine-year-old girl in Narva last week has brought to light the fact that not a single one of the city's 10 police surveillance cameras is in functioning order.
The cameras were purchased in 2001 at a cost of 318,000 euros, rus.err.ee reported, for installation at key intersections as well as at the start of the Narva-Tallinn highway.
By 2006, however, only five remained operational and in September 2010 the head of the local police constabulary told the Department for City Property and Economy that the police were no longer using the system as the equipment had long since stopped working.
In response to public complaints, city authorities have pledged to resolve the issue.
City Council Chairman Aleksandr Jefimov told ERR that the city is now working out a plan for replacing the cameras. "First it's necessary to carry out an analysis of how many cameras we need, in what places, what kind, what software is needed and how much it's all going to cost," he said.