22 June, 2010

500 million AED on CCTV in 2010

‘DUBAI // Dubai police are to spend Dh500 million on security technology this year with the aim of having “cameras everywhere”.

Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim, the Chief of Dubai Police, said surveillance needs to be ramped up to meet the growing requirements of an expanding city.

There are 25,000 security cameras in the emirate, and the number will increase as the force begins installing a new type of smart camera that can rotate to cover what were once “dead spots”."

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"The police chief said residents should not be concerned about privacy issues as more cameras are installed.

“The big number of cameras does not alter the privacy of the city’s residents and visitors,” he said. “To intrude on people’s privacy is not allowed by law and is not acceptable by our religion and tradition, so nobody in Dubai need feel scared about their privacy.”

The force has 16,500 police officers and another 4,000 administrative staff who oversee security in the city, in which there are about 60,000 buildings, according to government statistics."

More here: Dubai to spend Dh500m on security (The National)

4 comments:

Lirun said...
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Anonymous said...

“The big number of cameras does not alter the privacy of the city’s residents and visitors,” he said. “To intrude on people’s privacy is not allowed by law and is not acceptable by our religion and tradition, so nobody in Dubai need feel scared about their privacy.”

Well, that settles it then. Nothing to see here, move along. This has been tried in London and their crime rate is skyrocketing. Cameras do not make anyone safer. It adds only cost and intrusion.

Kyle said...

“The big number of cameras does alter the privacy of the city’s residents and visitors,” he said. “To intrude on people’s privacy is allowed by law and is acceptable by our tradition, so in Dubai need feel scared about their privacy.

Humorously edited for kicks!

I blame it on the sticky weather in town!

On a serious note, Dubai with its half-a-bill E-bucks looks set to have its own version of 'The Truman Show'.

Anonymous said...

More cameras won't make me feel more secure. It will make me less private and therefore less comfortable here. A society that can't keep peace and security without this amount of cameras has failed.

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