The town of Akureyri in North Iceland plans to increase the number of surveillance cameras in operation and monitor all roads into the town, reports RÚV. Nine new cameras will be purchased, of which five will be located in the town center.
Today, there are two surveillance cameras in the center of Akureyri: one on the district magistrate’s building on Hafnarstræti street and one on Strandgata street, but they will be replaced and three more installed. The installation and operation of the new surveillance cameras will be a collaborative project between the Akureyri town council, the Chief of Police for Northeast Iceland and emergency service line Neyðarlínan.
Akureyri Mayor Eiríkur Björn Björgvinsson stated that discussions about surveillance cameras this winter in the wake of the alleged murder of Birna Brjánsdóttir in Reykjavík, whose alleged killer was identified through the use of CCTV, had influenced the decision.
“And we took [the discussions] seriously. It has been shown that [surveillance cameras] have a precautionary value and a security value and even resolve cases,” stated Eiríkur Björn.
Although there will be nine surveillance cameras operated by the authorities in Akureyri, there are already considerably more in operation, installed by both private citizens and companies.
The police came up with recommendations for locations for the new cameras and presented them to the council. Five cameras will be positioned in the town center of Akureyri, along with one at the intersection of Borgarbraut and Hlíðarbraut, one by Vaðlaheiðargöng tunnel, one at the airport and one at the north end of town.
The council will be responsible for the purchase and operation of the cameras, but only the police will have access to the recordings. “These will only be used for investigative purposes in cases that come up and in no other way,” claimed Eiríkur Björn.