1,300 cameras installed around Prophet’s Mosque

1,300 cameras installed around Prophet’s Mosque
Updated 06 January 2014

1,300 cameras installed around Prophet’s Mosque

1,300 cameras installed around Prophet’s Mosque

Commander of the Prophet’s Mosque security force Brig. Gen. Naif bin Mohammad Al-Jahni has said the security set up in the Mosque was a deterrent to anyone who thinks of breaching security, with surveillance cameras scanning everything in a radius of seven km.
Al-Jahni said the Mosque’s security was active round the clock and its cameras record everything around it. Security forces have thwarted theft attempts, and they operate under a comprehensive system. The Haia helps the security in educating people against wrong beliefs.
Stating that the security operations room in the Prophet’s Mosque was one of the biggest in the Middle East, he said it has more than 1,300 surveillance cameras that work under all weather conditions. Cameras cover the Mosque, its extensions, the roof and Al-Baqe’ cemetery.
He said the operations room records the number of worshippers who enter the Mosque, and follows up on their entry and exit. The room also keeps track of the injured or sick being shifted to medical centers in coordination with relevant authorities.
Al-Jahni said the core strength of the Prophet’s Mosque security is the establishment of a training center, which will impart quality training to both men and women. Certificates will be issued to trainees who can reap benefits from them in their careers. The training will also focus on psychological and social issues.
“The first stage of the training targets employees in the Prophet’s Mosque security, while the second stage will target employees in the General Presidency of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque. The third stage targets the central area, which is very important because its employees are the ones responsible for receiving guests of the Prophet’s Mosque,” he said.
The program envisages training of 2,000 individuals — from officers and members of the Mosque’s security forces to the General Presidency branch in the Prophet’s Mosque. The number of women who will be imparted training is expected to be 500.
“An area to house lost people will be established in the Prophet’s Mosque, following an agreement with the Madinah governor. These quarters will be established in cooperation with the ‘Haj and Mu’tamer’s Gift,’ and will include a nursery and sleeping quarters until security locates their families,” he added.