CCTV to be installed on Roseau carnival route

Astaphan has invested $65,000 in the venture
Astaphan has invested $65,000 in the venture

The police will have increased eyes on the carnival route in Roseau this year with the installation of CCTV, thanks to businessman Khimo Astaphan.

Astaphan, who has been batting for CCTV some time now, put his money where his mouth is and invested EC$ 65,000 in the venture.

He told DNO that he hopes that the carnival venture will serve as a test and he hopes the relevant authorities will see the need for increased camera surveillance in the country.

“Once I have finished installing the cameras and trained the police, we will hand it over to them for them to handle through-out the weekend and next week,” he said.

He noted that his company, Platinum Security, will be covering the majority of the cost which includes paying the technicians to install the cameras, paying the VAT and purchasing the cameras, which he said cost about $5,000 each.

He said 11 to 12 cameras will be installed on the carnival route.

Astaphan said the benefit to having CCTV during carnival is endless but lamented the fact the some business places flatly refused to give his company permission to have the cameras installed on their buildings.

He explained the cameras have “light find technology” which it picks up light in dark places from anywhere (flashlight, or lamp pole) and enhances the imagery.

“So the cameras will enhance the imagery of the city … also day and night capability, meaning during the day we will have crystal clear pictures and in environment that there is no lighting, it turns a black and white,” he said.

Astaphan noted that the cameras will installed in strategic locations along the carnival route and the police department will have “total control.”

“So we want the public to rest assured that they will not be in the hands of any private citizen, it will be in the hands of the Dominica Police Force and they will be putting together the very up-to-date, state-of-art, command center,” he said.

LIME will be providing internet so the cameras can be hooked up to the command center.

Inspector Claude Weekes, who also commented on the matter, said that the installation of CCTV will fulfill the police’s mandate and enhance security.

 

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93 Comments

  1. NicE n NaughtY
    February 28, 2014

    Just hope this time it will admissible in court or else it’s of no use, i like that effort good job.

  2. Anonymous
    February 28, 2014

    I am going to report all you ignorant Dominicans on here to the United Nations.

  3. anonymous
    February 27, 2014

    It’s a good initiative but I am wondering has the necessary laws been past? can those camera footage be used in a court as evidence?

  4. annonymos
    February 27, 2014

    Dominicans are the most ignorant in the Caribbean islands. Sometimes it is a shame to even identify with them, All they do is criticize. OMG. They are so shallow minded

  5. February 27, 2014

    It is about time Dominica move forward with the rest of the world.

    CCTV is part of modern day life. If law abiding citizens have nothing to fear or hide;then they should not complain. To the contrary CCTV will provide added security to the law abiding citizens of Dominica.
    The only people who should concern themselves about the installation of CCTV are the criminals who has no good intentions and put innocent peoples lives and property at risk.

    Anyway Mr. Astaphan should not be the one taking upon himself to do something like this.

    Any matters or initiative relating to national security or the safety of citizens should be the responsibility of the government.

    I SAY BRING IT ON Mr. ASTAPHAN. WELL DONE.

  6. forkit
    February 27, 2014

    just a thought, while these cameras should be installed in every nook and cranny, I wonder if khimo not feeling de financial heat, cause 65000.00 is a lot to give to a country that a government can waive de vat and meet him halfway since they waiving it for their wife car and things are extremely bad.

    • Thinking
      February 27, 2014

      @forkit Khimo knows that tax and vat money that some Dominican paying( many of them evading paying taxes)is not enough to help develop Dominica. He therefore understands his responsibilities as a Dominican citizen, a real true patriot – by investing in maintaining the safety of his fellow Dominica. That is commendable! More Dominicans should think and act like Khim instead of evading their taxes or waiting for when they become the next government to invest in job creations for the youth, crime reduction intervention.,

      • February 28, 2014

        @Thinking February 27, 2014

        Your name suits your message perfectly. That is a great thought from you above–I just love it!

        And while I am at it; I give thanks to God for men like Khimo Astaphan. His is what I call the attitude and conducts of Love–my God continue to bless him for doing those good works.

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  7. Fed up of Dominicans
    February 27, 2014

    I am so fed up of these Dominicans that are just full of only negative energy! None of you will take the mantle and try ro do something positive for the country, but when somebody else does, allu quick to cry it down with allu doom and gloom mentality! You are the same ppl crying for Change! Yet when someone take it upon themselves to bring the modern system to light in efforts of improving the country on a whole allu say is for “personal profit! Or political gain!” Smfh! That is why the country will never move forward! Because the same ppl who trying to bring it up, are being attacked on their personality, because when in doubt lets attack the person and not see the good in what is being offered! And we wonder why ppl around the world are hesitant to invest in Dominica?

    I say THANK YOU to Kihmo Astaphan for doing what u do despite all the negative vibes from your fellow men! Because in this country you do they talk, u don’t do they still talk! So keep doing you and one day your efforts will be respected!

    • Gary
      February 27, 2014

      You have a right to your opinion as to what you think is positive and what you believe to be negative energy regarding this issue.I can also give my opinion regarding this issue.What bothers me is private citizen,owner of a Security Company influencing a Police Force as to what is justifiable needed, meaning security cameras to be placed in public view as a means of assuring security to the public, while at the same time all this is done at the expense of the owner of the Security.I think this is compromising the integrity of the Police force.The Police Force has a mandate to serve and protect The people of The Commonwealth of Dominica, don’t tell they need The help of a Private Security Company to do such thing,where is the manpower of the Police force.It is 2014 I would expect The Police force would have detailed plan in Place to Protect

    • Gary
      February 27, 2014

      You have a right to your opinion as to what you think is positive and what you believe to be negative energy regarding this issue.I can also give my opinion regarding this issue.What bothers me is private citizen,owner of a Security Company influencing a Police Force as to what is justifiable needed, meaning security cameras to be placed in public view as a means of assuring security to the public, while at the same time all this is done at the expense of the owner of the Security Company.I think this is compromising the integrity of the Police force.The Police Force has a mandate to serve and protect The people of The Commonwealth of Dominica,don’t tell they need The help of a Private Security Company to do such thing,where is the manpower of the Police force.It is 2014 I would expect The Police force would have a detailed plan following all those years of Carnival.

      Mr.Astaphan is spending EC$ 65,000 in the venture
      for CCTV.Why could he not hire security personnel
      as Marshal’s creating temporary employment working with the Festival commission under the Police command on the parade route,why CCTV cameras.Now after Carnival is finished I wonder where next such CCTV cameras will be recommended to be installed,are we following City of London.Are we ready to give up privacy for security.I believe this issue is just the beginning.

      I’m not against Mr.Astaphan genuine concern of safety he has an excellent track record to his Name and Company and neither I’m against security measures regarding Carnival celebrations.I also do not think that Mr.Astaphan is going to make this an annul Venture.The DPF needs to step up to the plate use their manpower to protect The citizens of Dominica simply as that.We do not need CCTV.

      • Anonymous
        February 28, 2014

        But you are so RUDE!! You want to tell a man how to spend HIS OWN MONEY??? When last, if ever, did you put your hand in your pocket to do something for YOUR country?

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  8. God will see us thru
    February 27, 2014

    Say what you want. It is a great move. Think of all the benefits. People with illegal moves alone are haters. Go Kimo Go Government

  9. DA Native abroad.
    February 27, 2014

    To the bloggers who are bashing Astaphan for providing the cameras…a few years a major crime was committed int one of the Virgin Islands…the cops knew who killed the other young man because the crow was furious that this happened and the following morning people called 911 to report who it was who killed the young guy..they went to his residence, ask his mother for him, she said he was sleeping..her first question to them was what do you want with my son? They told her what happened the night before, she said he was at home..they said can you and him accompany us to the police precinct? She said yes after she got their they told her they have evidence that it’s her son who killed the other young guy on video. After they read him his Miranda right they sat down to watch the Video….the case was almost closed that same morning…he got arrested, they got an Artorney,,he was not granted bail because of the nature of the crime. Soon after that the case went to court….and I need not tell you where he is now…..this was solved quickly because of the evidence from the Video Cameras….

  10. DA Native abroad.
    February 27, 2014

    Just a minor correction..it’s should read over the globe…

  11. Weh Papa
    February 27, 2014

    Anyway anyway, i don’t know why my fellow Dominicans have to be so negative about so many things. It hurts me as a fellow Dominican to read the level of ignorance from some of us.
    First of all a number of us don’t read to understand. If we read the article carefully most of the foolish comments we are making we would see that they are not necessary.

    We reason that it is for all kinds of reasons that Mr. Astaphans is doing this etc. I applaud the young man for this idea! His business may benefit from it in the long run, so what? This simply means he may be able to employ more Dominicans!

    Other Caribbean Islands like Barbados have CCTV installed all over the city and at some key tourist attraction sites. Did Bajans get on the way some of us Dominicans are getting on now when they were told? I’m pretty sure they didn’t. Furthermore this venture is pretty much a trial run.

    I think its high time we educate ourselves, rather than just offering uneducated, unintelligent comments most of the times.

  12. grell
    February 27, 2014

    Ignorant dominicans being themselves,those same cameras might save them one day.

  13. Lucian
    February 27, 2014

    good job Dominica. Probably one soon your Government will see the need to install their own cameras like our Government in St. Lucia has done at key areas of interest on island.

    But its a good start for you, though.

    Ps.
    Why couldn’t your government just buy those cameras and use it as part of their police arsenal?

  14. Humble
    February 27, 2014

    It’s amazing the way Dominicans speak. The civilized world must be reading this, shaking their heads and laugh. Why are we so negative. We still have this slavery mentality. A white man will come, get paid and go where he come out and never spend $1 here and we will say it was installed by professionals. Kihmo has been employing ppl for years, he has been the reason why our security forces was forced to change before that all we had was watch men. To date we don’t have not one traffic light in Dominica. Allu want to wait till he dies like Jeff Joe to give him his flowers. De man is a man from the soil and person who actually know him will not talk this stupidness. From what I understand these are HD CCTV Cameras and from my research are pretty expensive. There are all types of cameras such as thermal cameras, different megapixels and can run up to tens of thousands for good cameras. What allu buying everyday are toys not what is used for professionals. Our neighbors like Trinidad and other Caribbean islands have cameras. We go to the states cameras, airport cameras, what is the difference in Dominica. We have become a talking state. Everyone talks and no one acts. Koodoos to Kihmo and his team for installing the cameras. Many Dominicans must take a page in his book instead of constantly complaining and criticizing. I hope the government see the benefit and find the resources to finally put good to the money that sits in the treasury. Dominicans allu killing allu own self with allu negative mouth. Think positive and make a change, make ur contribution and stop playing politics with everything. Allu will run ppl away from Dominica.

  15. man himself
    February 27, 2014

    good move it is time to get to technology. hearts out to platinum

  16. Simply the Truth
    February 27, 2014

    There are some people who use carnival celebrations as an opportunity to harm others. Camera and video surveillance are much easier on the police along the carnival routes to check on violence, if any and to respond quickly to them. It will be a deterrence for those troublemakers who are aware of the cameras.
    Business owners who refused to have them on their rooftops, what do you have to lose? You will be contributing to peace and safety especially during this time. Shame on you to have refused them. If customers know who you are, they should boycott your business for you appear not to operate in the safety interest of those who will be enjoying carnival and the peaceful ones at that.
    Khimo Astaphan, you are asking for nothing in return for your cost and time. God bless you for your effort in trying to keep violence out of carnival enjoyment.
    Criminal activities have immensely increased in D/ca and sadly so. I do hope the government will consider placing cameras and video surveillance in certain areas of Roseau and elsewhere in D/ca. They are well-worth the cost and effort to quickly apprehend criminals. It is the right of nationals to want to live in peace and safety.

  17. anonymous2
    February 27, 2014

    Too much govt. surveillance.

  18. CCJ
    February 27, 2014

    The narrow minded citizens of this country never fail to let their dumb opinions known. This is a great venture by Khimo and the CDPF… Nothing to hide nothing to fear.

    To the businesses who refused… Lets hope your businesses don’t get burgled because I sincerely hope none of the surveillance footage taken from Khimo’s Cameras will be reviewed to aid in any investigations on your behalf.

    I commend this initiative because its about time we step up in CCTV technology. I’ve had a first hand view at the high definition cameras which will be installed and I have to say it is impressive and worth the price.

    Have a good Carnival Dominica.

  19. A Voice
    February 27, 2014

    :) Ah all I can say is for all you cheaters, be careful who all you jumping up with on Carnival day.

    Serious met veyay on all you now…

  20. KASA
    February 26, 2014

    Typical Dominicans, can never give credit for anything good only break down people’s morals, the man never said he was giving the cameras to the police or the state, he said he is installing it for them, to which they will have access through out carnival, after which he will of course take down his equipment and sell to the security conscious citizens of Dominica. And anyone who knows anything knows that $5000 is peanuts for a good camera that can do all the modern things that CCTV is able to do now. Do u people even travel every street corner has cameras for the safety and security of the the public, it’s not to mind people business. Good job Kihmo and continue working with foresight because Dominica still 20 years behind the rest of the free world!

  21. Dunce Cat
    February 26, 2014

    It is a very good move, every business place should be encouraged to use camera systems in and outside there businesses; of course there are very affordable types
    Nonetheless Kimo should not give the impression that he is doing any favor, he is making a handy profit from this business deal, so Kimo earn it as you are entitled that’s what business is all about just don,t pretend.

    i wen to school on Sundays !!

  22. KoKo Naughts
    February 26, 2014

    So wait, all I have to do is hack into the system and I seeing carnival live from all angles?? Dat can move!!

  23. Nac Vibes
    February 26, 2014

    Very clever marketing to make sure your company corner the market.
    I wonder at what legislations are in place to cover these cameras of a private company in public space, what legal safe guards are in place to protect the public. It’s all well and good this man giving assurance that only the police will have access to the images, but the reality is he is a business man who will say what ever advances his profit margins.

    • Simply the Truth
      February 26, 2014

      No matter what is done in D/ca for the benefit and safety of D/cans, etc., there will always be people as you who will question it.
      Some people are not worried at all. They are merely contented that their will be overall surveillance during the carnival celebrations which will ensure everyone’s safety including yours. Accept what is good and cease questioning and criticizing.
      Thank Khimo Astaphan for his interest, concern, effort and his cost and time of installing them. Be thankful. Be grateful.

    • Anonymous
      February 27, 2014

      Go do some crime in front of one of these cameras and you will find out! SMH!

    • !!!!!!!!
      February 27, 2014

      You are too negative…give teh man teh credit he deserves!!!!

    • Thinking
      February 27, 2014

      To continue making money as a business man you have to give back to your community.

  24. Anonymous
    February 26, 2014

    Finally…

  25. JALOUSIE
    February 26, 2014

    It’s a good thing that we are keeping up with the times. video footage of crimes committed can be use in the court of law.

    • Anonymous
      February 26, 2014

      Where? Have you forgotten Wayne Dalrymple?

      • JoJo
        February 27, 2014

        The law change since that tragedy.

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  26. watchdog
    February 26, 2014

    The Govt.of D.A. could use this money for the poor p eople .I thought they could not use any video pic. as evidence? This is another tool of the cabal tey think they catch a UWP candidate. But we are praying for these fine gentlemen who has offered their services to D.A. that Our Father keep them safe. Can you imagine if Me Edison James had called the police to stop Hunter from singing during his terms.All Dominicans would have been on his case. But now all are silence cause the Money Man has spoken. Dominicans you guys will pay for your silence.But as we all know when the wrath comes the Good and the Bad suffers together.

    • Anonymous
      February 26, 2014

      cant you read or are you just wicked gov didn’t have anything to do with it

      • anonymous2
        February 27, 2014

        You wanna bet?

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    • DA Native abroad.
      February 26, 2014

      Your name says exactly what you are..end of story…this is one of the best pieces of news I have read on DNO in a while….

    • Simply the Truth
      February 26, 2014

      You will pay for your criticism, blindness and deafness not to comprehend that these cameras will benefit everyone with no exception. You lack gratitude which also means lack of love and peace.

    • bomboclat
      February 27, 2014

      Wow! In life we must learn to read and UNDERSTAND!

    • Mary Black
      February 27, 2014

      Your surely is a Government basher. Did you see anyone from the governemt mentioning anythig about the cameras.

    • forkit
      February 27, 2014

      moronic sort

  27. watchdog
    February 26, 2014

    way way way.nous sort ou sarve.if one of them get caught, you will never see the evidece.they will burn it by mistake and say someone broke into the vault at mornebruce. they just want to catch a non labor person jumping with somebody woman.shame on the police.

    • Simply the Truth
      February 26, 2014

      We call people as you “NUTS” and for your narrow-mindedness. When will you write something constructive? Your comment benefits no one. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

      • watchdog
        March 1, 2014

        you must be a wed.morning red.like your friend christian.

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  28. February 26, 2014

    For all those that doubting the legality of Picture and Video Evidence read the law for your self http://www.dominica.gov.dm/laws/2010/Electronic%20Evidence%20no.%2013.pdf

    How do you think picture evidence is now entered into our court rooms? Ask CID. Since 2010 they using picture and video evidence. It is just a tragedy that Dalrymple had to go like that without any justice.

    • DA Native abroad.
      February 26, 2014

      @Young [email protected]…Thanks bro. It is really good that I read this because I assumed this law was always on the Justice books..to the other bloggers spewing so much trash in referee to using videos as evidence in court; according to this law that was enacted in May of 2010 it is admissible in our courts of law…

      • Simply the Truth
        February 26, 2014

        Look at them positively. The police cannot be everywhere at the same time. There are not enough police to be on every street.
        The cameras serve a good purpose. They will enable the police to view the carnival proceedings. Should there be disturbances in the bands, they will provide their colleagues who are on the road with this information who in turn will quickly respond and will be able to stop them and also arrest the perpetrators. Lives could be saved and injuries avoided. Therefore be positive.

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  29. February 26, 2014

    to video paros in town

  30. CaraW
    February 26, 2014

    So carnival engenders violence? Are the churches protesting to ask the Government to stop it? Are they also asking the Government to ban bwabwa and devil masks, since “we don’t want our young people exposed to demonic influences”?

    • Simply the Truth
      February 27, 2014

      The government and police authorities should be responsible for this.
      When I resided in D/ca, I was not a lover of those scary costumes. They were scary. I hated them and so I hardly participated in carnival. Most children feared them. If we were standing on the sidewalk viewing the scene, the revelers who wore them and knew us (even those who did not know us) would approach us, dance in front of us and even put their hands on our shoulders.
      We knew well not to show them that we were scared. Trying times I would say. :lol:
      I recall the Roseau Catholic Cathedral would be opened during those days specifically for Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Parishioners were advised to go to Church on those days to make a Holy Hour or more of Adoration for reparation of the sins committed on those two days. I would go. Then a few of us went to friends’ home and viewed the carnival from the balcony. The street we resided on was not a carnival route.
      Those were the days my friend. I do not know if this is done today. The Cathedral is presently undergoing repairs.

  31. Beatrice
    February 26, 2014

    When there is a crime in Dominica, everybody knows who the perpetrator is, but nobody dares say anything. Cameras will not change a thing. Judges who do their job and are strict are fired…
    Therefore, the real purpose of these cameras is the surveillance of the population and a flourishing business for Mr. Astaphan.
    It is time to stop copying the colonialists. Free Dominica!
    Kudos to the businesses that refused the cameras on their premises. Let’s boycott the others.

  32. Norm
    February 26, 2014

    Astaphan, who has been batting for CCTV some time now, put his money where his mouth is and invested EC$ 65,000 in the venture’. Sir all this is from the goodness of your heart? Woy–don’t get it.

    • Simply the Truth
      February 27, 2014

      Because your head is in the sand. Take it out of there, get up and open your eyes and mind so that you “will get it.” :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted:

  33. INSENSITIVE
    February 26, 2014

    who kihmo think he fooling.$5000 for a camera, oh please give me a break.

    • Simply the Truth
      February 27, 2014

      What is your concern? You did not pay for it and never will. Why bother to make this comment?

  34. Francisco Telemaque
    February 26, 2014

    Yes, but what’s the actual purpose they will serve?

    Cameras, are supposed to photograph, and record anything it focuses on; such as someone committing a crime. The video recordings are used in places like the United States Britain, Canada, and the rest of Europe to help convict criminals caught on cameras committing crimes.

    Such proof of evidence is no different to that photographed with a cellular telephone. We experience in Dominica, where an criminal used a knife to stab his victim in Carnival in Roseau a few short years ago; someone video tape the whole fiasco on their cell phone, and presented that evidence in court, only to be told by the female magistrate, that such evidence are not admissible as evidence in Dominica’s court.

    As a result the criminal, the assailant, the culprit walked out of the court without a single slap on his wrist, from what I understand the culprit father is, or probably was a member of the Dominica judiciary.

    Unless, since the incident which I mentioned there is some law passed making such evidence admissible in the courts of Dominica, Astaphan, might be better off flushing his thousands of dollars down the drain.

    Haven’t he heard that DNA evidence are also not admissible in our court system also?

    Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

    • DA Native abroad.
      February 26, 2014

      Francisco the Law was passed in DA in May of 2010…

      • Francisco Telemaque
        February 26, 2014

        Well then why did the lady magistrate refused to admit the photographs of the guy stabbing his victim; stating such evidence is not admissible in courts in Dominica.

        To my knowledge the incident occurred either in 2012, or 2013. So, if the law was passed in 2010, if I am correct, the magistrate, must have erred, or deliberately ignored the law, and by doing so set a criminal free.

        If the year I suggest is correct, we can only assume what she did is grounds for the victim to return to court and ask the court set her verdict aside, and file for a new trial.; since the ruling would appear to be prejudicial, and the reason for not admitting the evidence is because the offender the son of a colleague, a former member of the Dominica Judiciary.

        We will see plenty more of that when the CCJ is fully in effect.

        Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque

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      • Simply the Truth
        February 27, 2014

        Astaphhan knows that which is why he went to the extremity of purchasing them with his money and installing them. Otherwise he would not have done that. He is a proponent of non-violence and peace.
        He did a great service to Roseau, to Dominica and nationals especially those who will be enjoying themselves in the carnival bands.
        The police authorities welcome them. The cameras will ease a burden on them.

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    • bomboclat
      February 27, 2014

      When you leaving comments you typing how much paragraphs. You don’t know the own law of your country? You playing more smart than anybody else more like a smart @#$

  35. sugarcane
    February 26, 2014

    Hats off to Kimo. Brilliant move. Save our citizens and property.

  36. Ashley
    February 26, 2014

    Just as YOUTH said no provision under law, cyan use the pics in court. The law is really an ahrss. What happen, they want to mind people business, see who was with who or who wearing what? Kihmo, good job but your next move – get them to tackle the law.

  37. CIA on the watch
    February 26, 2014

    Does the law provides for the use as evidence in court footage of criminal activities originating out of these cameras? If so i must commend this as a brilliant idea from a business man who has forsight and is keeping in line with the modern way to fight the criminals.

  38. .
    February 26, 2014

    I hope the clips don’t end up upon video :lol:

  39. linky
    February 26, 2014

    the skerrit administration would never amend the law concerning camerers for the poor dominicans lady who lost her son in a carnaval band in roseau some years ago but right now kimo come with this idear u will see how fast they will go and amend it because and astaphan is involve he will do it for free this year next year he will be payed.

  40. Really!!
    February 26, 2014

    Are we now going to become a police state in dominica? We already live in a society where everything is public, now you have cameras in the town taping everything. If more vigilance is the issue, why don’t you have more and better trained cops on the route.
    Do you actually think Khimo is doing this to help carnival or to help his own pocket? To show to the gov’t why they should contract him to invest in cctv? In actuality Dominican citizens will be the losers while Khimo wins?
    By the way after carnival will the cameras be taken down? Who pays for their maintenance? Who is going to be looking at them? Many questions need to be asked people before you just accept what is being said.

  41. Morihei Ueshiba
    February 26, 2014

    Dominica is now a police state like China

    • FED UP DOMINICAN
      February 26, 2014

      Is the U.S, U.K/Europe and all the others countries using CCTV police states?

      I grew up with the saying ‘Big Brother is Watching You’, and it never bothered me. There are cameras everywhere in London (on lampposts. At traffic lights, Shopping Malls, you have nothing to hide, no problem).

      Well done to Mr Astaphan.

  42. UDOHREADYET
    February 26, 2014

    Safety!? oh please… Dey going to voleur the footage and put together another Carnival video series, this time its gonna be called the “Astaphan round bottom carnival video” for $19.95 using Closed circuit television footage under the auspices of public safety. Somebody warn dem if dey film me and reproduce it, I want my share!!! I was on more Sewo twice up till now no royalties hehehehe!!

  43. aye
    February 26, 2014

    Great job kimo!!!! Patriotic Dominican…

  44. Wake Up
    February 26, 2014

    LOLS… Dem people acting like they have never known who those criminals are in all dem murders and stabbings in Dominica. As someone mention below they had a murder that was recorded on video tape and the criminal still went free. The girl that kill her two babies they know she murder those kids yet she is still allowed free and on facebook. In Dominica they know who the killers and criminals are but they always fail to carry out justice. Cameras not going to solve the problem of the justice system in Dominica or the corrupt policing of this state. You all jus want to mind people business. Kihmo can boast al he want about sponsoring those cameras like he doing some worthy cause but my grandmother always tell me nothing is free. Dem astaphans have their hands in everything in dominica controlling the local economy and running monopolies on the island. This is just another way to exert control over Dominicans. Freeness is worriness dominicans. Don’t fall this. If the police and the justice system do their jobs all criminals will be in jail.

    • JoJo
      February 26, 2014

      Kimo Astaphan is a Dominican, I don’t care if he black white or yellow. What you fellows have against someone wanting to be successful? That attitude keeping our country back. Just smile to the camera and behave yourself.

      • wake up
        February 26, 2014

        Did i say anything here about kihmo’s race? You need to learn to read. I don’t care if it were the jno-finns, loblacks, joseph, serrants, baptiste and whatever else Dominican that had monopolies in Dominica I would still call them by their last names and point what is fact. You need to learn to read and comprehend. Watch how another boom boom fly going to read your post and respond to my comment as if I involved race. I have spoken about racial issues on the article “american scammers who went to the olympics” but I sure never reference khimo astaphan as no dominican because he yellow, black, white…ok. Please try to read and comprehend before jumping to stupid conclusions. ughhh.. :-x :wink:

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    • JALOUSIE
      February 26, 2014

      it will at least help to solve some crimes. however, isn’t it up to a jury provided with all evidence, who says whether one is punishable or not? or is there not a jury service element in DA?

  45. dominican
    February 26, 2014

    What good news we need CCTV all yesr round not just carnival time.We also need better lighting in Roseau.

  46. garcon
    February 26, 2014

    good job!!

  47. YOUTH
    February 26, 2014

    but too me cameras and videos do not have a provision under law to be used in court as evidence, when they guy got stabbed during carnival and the entire thing was captured on camera wasn’t the tape throw out of court because the witness himself said he didn’t actually see but the camera captured the entire ordeal, somebody please correct me if i am wrong .. however i think that’s a great initiative by mr astaphan props to you its high time i certainly will feel more secure taking my foot :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    • linky
      February 26, 2014

      your right on track why did not parlument amend the law before then every thing would fall on track is like putting the cat befor the horse

      • DA Native abroad.
        February 27, 2014

        @Linky..Did you read all the blogs are just maybe you can’t read or understand what you read? I think you are the one putting the ‘cart’ not cat before the horse..and the word is ‘Parliment’ not parlument….no wonder we have people all aver the Globe giving us all kinds of derogatory names…

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      • Anonymous
        February 28, 2014

        Neither parlument nor parliment but PARLIAMENT. This is what happens when we pass children from primary- to secondary level with inadequate literacy.

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    • Natural Living
      February 26, 2014

      Actually the video footage was not thrown out from that carnival murder..its that the footage did not show the person they accused of the crime…but cameras are definitely a good idea..

    • Yessah
      February 26, 2014

      video evidence used to be inadmissable but a bill was recently passed to allow electronic evidence in courts..sometime late 2013

      • YOUTH
        February 27, 2014

        oh ok thanks for clearing up my inquiries

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    • Malgraysa
      February 26, 2014

      Just knowing that the camerazs are there will act as s deterrent, and even it images can not be used in court (…and I’m pretty certain that ssumption is not correct) it will help police intervene quickly in cases of trouble. Good move.

    • God Precious
      February 26, 2014

      i like that statement but its true if we have to use these footage’s the law better change before carnival cuz theses cames would make no sense, due to the stupid laws of our country

  48. Happy :)
    February 26, 2014

    This is wonderful News. I commend Mr. Astaphans for taking the step in making them available to the state. I do hope that with the installation, there will be minimal crime.

  49. anon
    February 26, 2014

    Shouldn’t there be a law governing this type of activity? just asking….

    • qstorm78
      February 26, 2014

      You do have a point, but in the meantime this is a good move for the purpose of safety during carnival.

      • forkit
        February 27, 2014

        it does not make anything safe it only assist in finding the criminals..

        cause people still kill people even when hanging was prevalent and part of our justice

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    • Anonymous
      February 26, 2014

      In public?

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