Pattaya Daily News

07 September 2012 :: 15:09:43 pm 66416

One million cameras will spy on future Bangkok criminals

An ambitious crime-fighting project would flood the streets of Bangkok with 1,000,000 surveillance cameras within three years. Residents will have to pay between 100 to 200 baht a month to help finance the “Miracle Eyes” project.
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BANGKOK – September 6, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]: at 10:00 a.m., the formal launch of a massive camera surveillance project was announced at the Thai Metropolitan Police Bureau by Pol. Lt. Gen. Kamronwit Thoopkrajang, commissioner of metropolitan police; Pol. Maj. Gen. Adul Narongsak, the vice commissioner of Metropolitan Police, administrative division; and Mr. Montchai Noosong, acting committee general manager, TOT Co. Ltd.

The innovative new crime prevention model will install 1 million cameras in Bangkok’s public areas, said Pol. Lt. Gen. Kamronwit. It would be similar to a system in London, England.

When crimes occur in that city, police officers rush to examine CCTV footage for evidence to obtain information and shorten the duration of investigations.

The “Miracle Eyes” project is a cooperative venture of the Bangkok Metropolitan Police and TOT Public Co, Ltd. But the Miracle Eyes project needs time and co-operation from Bangkok residents to establish the CCTV system, officials said.

An important part of the preliminary work is to spread information and support for the project. For the setup and maintenance costs, people would have to pay 100-200 baht per month.

The payoff would be the added protection against criminals — as if police officers were literally standing in front of everyone’s house for protection.

The police commissioner said the police will do their part to carry out the project. “I would like all the police officers who are stationed in the center to prepare for the Miracle Eyes project, with cooperation from across 88 police stations.”

Mr. Montchai said the Miracle Eyes project would help people feel more secure and confident with police work in investigating crimes. However, if the Miracle Eyes project is to be completed quickly, it will have to get the cooperation of both the public and the media, he said.

The collaboration between Police and TOT is also a good example of public and private sectors working together to find solutions and solve crimes that occur frequently at the present time, he said.

Mr. Montchai believes this project will benefit all parties, and thanked government officials for the trust given to TOT to install all the cameras.

With the availability of resources, of both a modernized telecommunication network and the skilled personnel with knowledge to service the public, the end result will not be a disappointment to the people, he said.

Category : Thailand News

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