Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has urged individuals and organisations in Lagos State to help in the policing of the state by installing CCTV cameras in their premises.
He said the move will expand the reach of law of enforcement agents in nabbing criminals.
Ambode made the appeal today at a TownHall Meeting on Security Trust Fund in Alausa, Ikeja.
“As responsible citizens and worthy stakeholders, you also have crucial part to play for the enhancement of security in the state,” he said.
He said plans had been concluded to procure surveillance aircraft that could effectively gather intelligence in parts of the state and assist significantly in dealing with the menace.
“It is pertinent to note that these criminals have not relented in their pursuit of evil. We must demonstrate that we are prepared to do whatever it takes to make it difficult for them to succeed in their evil plots.
“We will apprehend them and bring them to justice,” he said.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Edgal Imohimi, said the introduction of community policing and the increase in police visibility had resulted in 35 per cent decline in crime.
Imohinmi said that despite massive contributions by the state security trust fund, dearth of patrol vehicles remained a challenge.
“Many vehicles attached to the divisions have become rickety and unserviceable due to old age and over usage,” he said.
Imohinmi, however, said the command would not relent in its efforts to consolidate on the achievements recorded so far, but would appreciate if additional critical fighting equipment were provided.
He said this would help to improve on the successes so far recorded in the command’s fight against crime and criminality.
Also, Secretary of the Security Trust Fund, Mr Abdulrazaq Balogun, said there was need for organisations to engage in consistent and sustainable security model.
According to him, this will enhance strategic planning for improved security in the state