CCTV installed to monitor Oman's drinking outlets

Royal Oman Police can check footage from new cameras without prior notice - report
CCTV installed to monitor Oman's drinking outlets
By Neil Halligan
Wed 29 Oct 2014 01:40 PM

Outlets serving alcohol in Oman have installed CCTV cameras, in compliance with Royal Oman Police rules.

The new cameras, which have been have been installed in all major hotels in Muscat, are aimed at preventing brawls and misbehaviour both inside and outside the premises, according to Muscat Daily.

ROP officials can demand to study footage from the cameras without prior notice, with checks carried out on a regular basis.

According to Biju Nirmal, a senior management official at Ruwi Hotel, the cameras have helped to reduce incidents in drinking outlets.

“CCTVs have helped reduce brawls and crimes at drinking outlets,” Nirmal told Muscat Daily. “These cameras are meant for the safety of customers and staff. Since customers are aware that they are being monitored, there is decorum and decency on the premises. Cameras also allow us to check and re-examine any untoward incidents reported during working hours,” he added.

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