Video surveillance comes to Medjugorje
After 35 stolen cars last year, 14 surveillance cameras will be installed in Medjugorje and Bijakovici, the hamlets’ local communities agree. Head of Medjugorje’s local community cites traffic and parking as biggest current problems, and says electricity and water supply must also be addressed.
14 video surveillance cameras are on their way in Medjugorje, the newly elected president of the town’s local community tells the regional news portal Brotnjo Info. Cameras will likewise be stationed in Bijakovici, the community has agreed with its sister community in the Apparition Hill area.
The surveillance has been decided because too many cars are now being stolen in Medjugorje, lawyer and president of the Medjugorje local community Dragan Vasilj informs.
“With the local community in Bijakovici we have agreed to both introducing video surveillance for which we have several offers already. It would set up 14 cameras to serve as a prevention and as a repression” Vasilj tells Brotnjo Info.
“35 cars were stolen just last year in Medjugorje. When we set up video surveillance, it will be very helpful. Video surveillance is a preventive measure because the camera records both speed and traffic rule violations, and it will also prevent some people from doing what they do, and enable the detection and punishment of offenders.”
Among other problems to be taken on soon, Dragan Vasilj points to traffic chaos and lack of parking space. Though calling the already implemented one way traffic from the church area to both of the mountains “enough to reduce the clutter”, he also says the solution is “still not satisfying” because buses keep dominating the roads through the hamlets, a situation Vasilj calls “unacceptable”.
“Our people get nothing from it, just rush and an indescribable crowd. In addition, we need to solve the parking issue because there are hundreds and thousands of cars here, and officially we only have 48 parking spaces. Parking lots and charging money (from buses for parking, ed.) also affects the reduction of traffic congestion. Therefore, we must all ensure parking space for buses and cars, and also the charging. This is a very important issue” Dragan Vasilj says.
Brotnjo Info next brings up the insufficient electricity supply some places in Medjugorje and Bijakovici:
“This is an old problem in Medjugorje and Bijakovici, and not just electricity, but also the problem of water supply. A lot of new and large buildings are being built, but very little or nothing is being invested in the supply of electricity and water” Dragan Vasilj replies.
“Very soon we will have to build a new water pipeline.”