Villa residents in Dubai are to benefit from a new CCTV security scheme that can be operated by use of a smartphone app.

The service by Dubai Police will allow residents of registered villas to enter details of periods they will be away from home, meaning patrols can be dispatched to the area at a requested time.

Meanwhile, Transguard and du have joined the initiative, with the two companies offering customers the chance to install CCTV cameras that will be linked directly with police command rooms, meaning any incident can be responded to quickly.

Customers can sign up to the app even while already away from home or out of the country.

Major-General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Commander-in-Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs of Dubai Police, said:

Those who register can enjoy peace of mind knowing that they can also have the facility of cameras installed and have their home under the supervision of Dubai Police. Thieves will think twice before approaching a house that has been thus secured.”

Ahmad Bu Rhaima, Senior Vice-President, du, added:

“We will have a customer service department for the programme so people can contact us if they need to install cameras in their houses. There are three different kinds of cameras available for surveillance and the basic package from du will cost Dh1,000.
It is a one-time payment for the customer, who can use wi-fi to operate the cameras. The cameras will be connected to Dubai police and the customer has the additional option to monitor his home via his smart phone.
The cameras come with sensors to send an alarm if someone breaks into the house.”

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