Mangaluru , January 13: A meeting was held at Deputy Commissioner’s office on Monday, January 12th to review the security measures implemented by authorities of various temples in the district.
Dakshina Kannada District Superintendent of Police Dr S D Sharanappa expressed his displeasure during the meeting over the security measures employed at the temples although the temple authorities were directed to install Closedcircuit television (CCTV) cameras and appoint security staff, but no actions were taken.
Dr Sharanappa said that when bonafide directions are issued by authorities then those should be obeyed. He said, along with the minimal number of CCTVs being installed, the machines were not housed at the specific points suggested by the police department. He pointed out that in some temples; only one security guard was deployed during the night vigil and also the donation boxes were also lacking protection which could be robbed easily.
Along with providing security, CCTVs are installed for a various purposes such as monitoring the flow of devotees during different seasons, which would help to deploy more security personnel when needed, said Dr Sharanappa.
Dr Sharanappa also suggested employing other safety measures such as installation of movement sensors near windows, floors, walls and auto sensor fire extinguishers.
Dr Sharanappa also recommended the temple authorities to empty donation boxes once in every fortnight to avoid burglary.
Deputy Commissioner A B Ibrahim suggested that the temples ought to make an agreement with the banks such that the cash from the donation boxes would be deposited into an account on the same day it was retrieved from the donation box.
Mujrai Department Thashildhar Prabhakar, Dakshina Kannada and Mangaluru city Temple authorities, along with the heads were present among others during the meeting.