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Dundee mosque opts to install CCTV cameras to protect worshippers from mosque attacks

Dundee mosque opts to install CCTV cameras to protect worshippers from mosque attacks

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Wednesday January 31 2018

Scottish newspaper The National reports that a mosque in Dundee has decided to increase its security following the attack on the site of a proposed new mosque in the neighbouring town of Perth.

In September 2017, a site secured by Perth Islamic Society for their new place of worship was vandalised with anti-Muslim graffiti. The words “No Muslims” were painted over a sign in Jeanfield Road, where the local Muslim community will move to move from their current location in Glasgow Road.

The Scottish Islamic and Cultural Centre in Dundee, also known as Jam’i Masjid Bilal, has requested to install CCTV cameras outside the mosque in Dura Street in order to increase the security and safety of worshippers. Their planning application to Dundee City Council states that CCTV cameras are required “in response to recent attacks outside British mosques”.

Mahmud Salwar Rathor, a trustee of the centre, described to Dundee’s Evening Telegraph how the mosque had already suffered from troublemakers abusing staff through the intercom system.

The chairman of the mosque, Bashir Chohan, said, “The reality is the authorities cannot be there all the time. At least with the security cameras there would be some sort of evidence there to catch the culprits.”

The protection of mosques and worshippers has been brought into the public domain following a number of attacks in recent years, such as the Muswell Hill mosque arson, the stabbing of surgeon Nasser Kurdy outside Altrincham and Hale mosque and the van attack outside Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park in June last year.


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