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The second general commander of the national police of Timor-Leste (PNTL), Commissioner Faustino da Costa said three of the closed-camera television (CCTV) units placed in strategic locations around Dili are out of order due to electricity blackouts.

PNTL, Commissioner Faustino da Costa said three of the closed-camera television (CCTV) units placed in strategic locations around Dili are out of order due to electricity blackouts.

He said the functioning of the CCTVs depends on electricity and that power cuts have a big impact on their functioning.
"There is one camera not working for almost a week and two others are not working as well because of [electricity] blackouts, on and off,” said Commissioner Costa in Dili.
He added CCTVs in Becora and in beach areas are out of order, but the PNTL command is thinking how to address the issue.
As he said, CCTVs are very helpful for traffic police in their work and also for the Criminal Investigation Unit to be able to monitor the situation on the ground.
"CCTVs are very helpful particularly in the intersections, our operators may be able to monitor accidents immediately," he said.
On the other hand, member of Commission B (for security, defence, and foreign affairs), MP Cesar Valente said the government should take action and fix this situation urgently as the CCTVs cost much money.
He also urged the government to use power surge protection equipment so when there is blackout, this action will protect the equipment.
"The government can repair one or two CCTVs but should also use power surge units to help ensure the functioning of CCTVs," he said.
Some 70 CCTVs have been installed in the Capital Dili in 2016 and 2017. Most CCTVs were donated by the Government of China.

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