The island’s CCTV camera network will be tripled to fight crime.

The current system will also be upgraded to include vehicle license plate recognition and high-resolution imagery.

BAS-Serco will take over the running of the new network at the beginning of the next financial year from GET Securities Ltd, which has been responsible for coverage since 2009.

Yesterday Public Safety Minister Michael Dunkley said that BAS-Serco would be given $1.3m per year for the five-year contract.

He added: “Pending the preparation of BAS-Serco’s platform for the installation of the new network, GET Securities Ltd. will continue to provide CCTV service, including maintenance and repair as well as monitoring for the remainder of this fiscal year.

“It is anticipated that there will be no loss of coverage and the two companies are working together to ensure a seamless transition.

“This initiative is designed to provide maximum coverage for Bermuda and to improve the safety and security for all of us.

“This is a crime-fighting tool, not a “Big Brother” intrusion into the lives of law-abiding people. 

“Used effectively, we provide the Police with the opportunity to prevent and investigate crime and prosecutors an additional opportunity to secure sound convictions.”

CCTV has proven to be an effective tool in the prosecution of a number of high profile cases in recent years.