CCTV cameras aren't watching in Taling Chan

CCTV cameras aren't watching in Taling Chan

Residents of Bangkok's Taling Chan district are upset that four years after their installation, many CCTV cameras aren't working, allowing crimes to go unsolved.

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Only about 5% of CCTV cameras installed in Taling Chan district where more than 3,000 crimes occurred last year were found to be working according to an online video clip on dummy CCTVs. Photos from a Bright TV news feature.

CCTV cameras aren't watching in Taling Chan

What started off as frustration over the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)’s refusal to provide CCTV footage to a citizen has lead to an online claim that up to 95% of CCTV cameras in the Taling Chan area are not working.

In a four-minute news item entitled “Dummy CCTV” produced by Bright News and uploaded by news editor Pimabsorn Ketphum to her Facebook page, the owner of the Tek Heng Lee gold shop in Suan Phak says his place was robbed recently in broad daylight.

A gold shop onwer was shocked to learn there was no functional CCTV camera in front of his premises after it was robbed.

The man, whose name was not provided, said he was upset when he asked to see footage from surveillance cameras of the incident but the BMA told him the cameras were “not ready for service”.

“The robber smashed a gold cabinet and slowly walked across the street. He stood right underneath a CCTV camera. I expected it would catch him. I was told that one didn’t work. I asked about the next one. Again, that one did not work. In fact, it turns out no camera along the entire road works,” he said.

He said he felt cheated. The BMA claims it has a surveillance system to keep the streets safe, but it cannot help him.

A woman, whose name was also not provided, said her car was damaged after it was struck by another vehicle on Boromratchonnee Road in the district on April 23.

A woman tries to find out who damaged her car after the CCTV cameras were found not to be functioning.

She said she filed a complaint with police and asked to see CCTV footage to back up her case.

“I was told that not a single camera in the area works. As a damaged party, it really hurts my feelings. It’s better to have no camera at all than to have a string of them that do not work,” she said.

Interviewed for the clip, a police officer with Taling Chan station says officers handled more than 3,000 crime cases last year, half of which were solved.

He said up to 30% of the cases remain under investigation while the other 20% are difficult to follow up because of a lack of evidence or leads.

The online report said the author surveyed CCTV camera installations in the western district, which is one of the most dangerous in the capital.

According to the report, most of the surveillance equipment does not function. Some cameras are not even plugged in.

The report showed that among 64 sois that are considered dangerous, only nine cameras work. In 109 communities, only one camera works.

A survey of 10 markets revealed that none of the cameras in those areas works. The same is true for four cameras installed at blind spots under bridges.

None of the four cameras was found to be working, according to the report.

Ms Pimabsorn, who posted the clip, said she had contacted the deputy city governor, who said he was looking into the matter.

From the Bangkok Post's Pulse section compiled by Atiya Achakulwisut.

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  • Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA): the local government of Bangkok - กรุงเทพมหานคร
  • broad daylight: the clear light of day, when it is easy to see - แสกๆ, แจ้งๆ
  • cabinet: a piece of furniture with doors, drawers and/or shelves, that is used for storing or showing things - ชั้นหรือตู้วางของ
  • capital: the most important town or city of a country, usually where the central government operates from - เมืองหลวง
  • CCTV: a television system that works within a limited area, for example a public building, to observe what is happening there and often to protect it from crime - โทรทัศน์วงจรปิด (ซีซีทีวี)
  • CCTV footage: video from a CCTV camera - ภาพหรือหนังในเทปวิดีโอจากกล้องวงจรปิดเพื่อรักษาการความปลอดภัย
  • citizen: someone who has the right to live permanently in a particular country - พลเมือง 
  • claim: to say that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not believe it - อ้าง
  • community: the people living in one particular area - ชุมชน
  • crime: an illegal activity or action - อาชญากรรม
  • deputy: a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง
  • dummy: something that is not real but is made to appear to be real - ของที่ทำเลียนแบบของจริง
  • editor: a person who is in charge of a newspaper, magazine, television news operation, etc, or part of one, and who decides what should be included - บรรณาธิการ
  • entitle: to give a title (name) to a book, play, etc - ตั้งชื่อ
  • evidence: facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime - หลักฐาน
  • frustration: an annoyed or discouraged feeling because you cannot do or have what you want - ความผิดหวัง, ความไม่พอใจ
  • function (verb): to operate; to work in the correct way - ปฏิบัติงาน
  • functional: able to be used - ใช้การได้
  • incident: something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์
  • interview: to ask someone questions in a meeting for a newspaper article, television show, etc. The noun form is also interview - สัมภาษณ์, การสัมภาษณ์
  • investigation: the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something in order to discover who or what caused it or how it happened - การสอบสวน, การตรวจสอบหาข้อเท็จจริง
  • lack of: when there is not enough of something - ขาด
  • lead: a piece of information that may help to find out the truth or facts about a situation, especially a crime - ข้อมูลที่เป็นประโยชน์ในการค้นหา, ร่องรอย
  • matter: a situation or subject which is being dealt with or considered - เรื่อง, ภารกิจ, งาน
  • party (noun): one of the people or groups of people involved in a situation, an official argument or arrangement - คู่กรณี
  • premises: the buildings and land that a business or organisation uses - ที่ดินและสิ่งปลูกสร้าง
  • provide: to give someone/ something that they want or need - จัดหาให้, จัดเตรียมไว้ให้
  • refusal: an act of saying or showing that you will not do, give or accept something - คำปฏิเสธ, การปฏิเสธ
  • reveal: to show; to let something become known - เผยให้เห็น
  • rob: to take money or property illegally from a person or place, often using threats or violence - ปล้น, ปล้นจี้
  • smash: to break something noisily into many pieces by dropping or hitting it with a lot of force - ทำให้แตกเป็นเสี่ยงๆ, ทำให้แตกเป็นชิ้นๆ
  • solve (verb): to successfully deal with a problem or difficult situation; to find out who is responsible for a crime - แก้ปัญหา, คลี่คลาย, หาคำตอบ
  • string (noun): a series of things or people that come closely one after another - แถว, การจัดเรียงเป็นแถว
  • struck (past of strike) (verb): hit forcefully or violently - ตี, กระแทก, ชน
  • surveillance camera: a camera kept in a place to record what happens there, especially criminal activity - กล้องวงจรปิดเพื่อรักษาการความปลอดภัย
  • survey: the act of asking for and recording information - การสำรวจ, การหาข้อมูล
  • survey: to make an examination of something to find out about its condition - สำรวจ
  • upset: unhappy or disappointed because of something unpleasant that has happened - ว้าวุ่นใจ, กังวลใจ, ไม่สบายใจ, สับสน

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