Jewelers face CCTV deadline

DOHA: The Ministry of Interior has asked jewelers to install surveillance cameras on their premises, as the one-year deadline for doing so ends in April.

According to the law regulating the installation of CCTV cameras, they must remain on 24 hours a day and be controlled from a control room. They should be maintained and updated from time to time.

The Home Office’s security systems department said it would carry out inspections to check compliance after the deadline expired and see if the technical specifications given by the ministry were followed.

The number of cameras to be installed in a jewelry store will be specified by the ministry, a local Arab daily reported yesterday. The ministry can ask any company in the country to install CCTV cameras on its premises if necessary in the public interest.

A sign must be put up at these places which must read: “This area is under the surveillance of CCTV cameras”.

Camera footage must be retained for four months (120 days) and must be ready to be handed over to the relevant authorities when needed, without any modification or tampering.

Images may not be copied, saved, sent or published without permission from the relevant authorities.

The law provides for up to three years in prison or a fine of QR 50,000 or both for installing surveillance cameras in bedrooms, physiotherapy centers, changing rooms and places reserved for women.

CCTV cameras have detected several cases of theft in the country. An Arab expat has been arrested on the basis of CCTV footage for stealing a woman’s handbag from a shopping complex in Al Saad.

In another similar case, a thief was arrested at a shopping mall in Pearl Qatar minutes after the incident. Police arrested another individual for stealing 60,000 QR from an already installed CCTV camera. Exchange houses were also asked to install CCTV cameras.

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