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All 300,000 CCTVs to be overhauled

Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered maintenance on all 300,000 known CCTV countries nationwide, to ensure they work. (Bangkok Post file photo)

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered an overhaul of 300,000 security cameras across the country to boost surveillance efficiency.

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All 300,000 CCTVs to be overhauled

Wassana Nanuam

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered an overhaul of 300,000 security cameras across the country to boost surveillance efficiency.

Gen Prayut said all the security cameras, state-operated and privately-owned, must be functional.

There are about 300,000 security cameras installed nationwide and their surveillance recordings have proven to be useful in fighting crime.

He said the overhaul of these cameras must be completed as quickly as possible and the government will offer financial assistance to private entities to improve their systems.

The Finance Ministry will be asked to consider tax measures as an incentive because this is a matter of public interest, he said.

According to Gen Prayut, state-owned security cameras must be improved and if more cameras are needed, the concerned agencies will be required to draft plans to seek funds.

He said in the first stage, security cameras should be up and running across the country and the second stage will involve quality enhancement, which will require replacements and significant funds.

However, he said replacing the existing ones with high-quality products is still out of reach as it will cost a lot of money.

Gen Prayut said security camera maintenance is most important, along with providing cooperation when authorities ask to access recordings, as is specified by the law.

"Private and state agencies must cooperate. Faulty equipment should not be an excuse," he said.

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Vocabulary:

access (verb): to reach, enter or use something - เข้า, ใช้

according to (prep): as stated or reported by somebody/something - ตามคำบอกเล่า, ตามรายงาน

across the country (phrase): nationwide; throughout the whole country - ทั่วประเทศ

agency (noun): a government department that provides a particular service - หน่วยงานราชการ

authorities (noun): people or government agencies who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ

boost : to increase; to strengthen - เพิ่ม; ทำให้มีกำลังมากขึ้น

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)

concerned : involved in something, or affected by something - เกี่ยวข้องกับ ที่สัมพันธ์กับ

consider : to give careful thought to something before making a decision - พิจารณา

cooperate : to work with other people to achieve a result that is good for everyone involved - ร่วมมือกัน

cooperation : a situation in which people or organisations work together to achieve a result that will benefit all of them - การร่วมมือกัน

crime : an illegal activity or action - อาชญากรรม

draft : to write a document, plan, etc. that may be changed before it is finally accepted - ร่าง

efficiency : the ability to work well and produce good results by using the available time, money, supplies etc in the most effective way - ความมีประสิทธิภาพ

enhancement : a further improvement in the good quality, value or status of somebody/something - การปรับปรุงให้ดีขึ้น, การทำให้ดีขึ้น

entity (noun): something which exists apart from other things, having its own independent existence - บุคคล คณะบุคคล บริษัท องค์กร

excuse : a reason that you give to explain why you have done something bad, or why you have not done something that you should have done - ข้อแก้ตัว, ข้ออ้าง

existing (adj): present now; in use now; used now - ที่มีอยู่

faulty : not perfectly made or not working correctly - ซึ่งมีข้อผิดพลาด

Finance Ministry (noun): the ministry in charge of managing the country's money - กระทรวงการคลัง

financial assistance : help with money - ความช่วยเหลือทางการเงิน

functional : able to be used - ใช้การได้

funds : money needed or available to spend on something - เงินทุน

improve : to make better - ทำให้ดีขึ้น

improved (adj): made better - ทำให้ดีขึ้น

incentive : something that makes you want to do something or work harder, because you know that you will benefit by doing this - สิ่งกระตุ้น

maintenance : work that is done to keep something such as a building, machine, or piece of equipment repaired and in good condition - การซ่อมบำรุง

matter : a situation or subject which is being dealt with or considered - เรื่อง, ภารกิจ, งาน

measures (noun): actions taken to solve a particular problem - มาตรการ

nationwide : throughout a whole country - ทั่วทั้งประเทศ

offer (verb): to make something available or to provide the opportunity for something - ให้, เสนอ

operate : to use or control a machine or make it work - เดินเครื่อง

out of reach : impossible to achieve - ไม่สามารถทำได้; ไม่สามารถที่จะบรรลุความสำเร็จ

overhaul : to improve something so that every part of it works properly - ปรับปรุงใหม่

privately-owned (adj): owned by a particular person or group - ของส่วนบุคคล, ของเอกชน

proven to be (verb): shown to be - ปรากฏ, แสดง

provide : to give someone/ something that they want or need - จัดหาให้, จัดเตรียมไว้ให้

public interest : an advantage or benefit to people in general - ผลประโยชน์ข้องส่วนรวม

quality : the standard of something when it is compared to other things like it; how good or bad something is - คุณภาพ

recording : when a copy is made of something such as music, a speech or writing - บันทึก

replace : to change from one thing to another - แทน

replacement : something that replaces something else - สิ่งทดแทน; อะไหล่

security camera : a camera that is put in a place to constantly record what happens there - กล้องวงจรปิดเพื่อรักษาการความปลอดภัย

seek : to try to obtain or achieve something - พยายามได้มา

significant : important - สำคัญ

specify (verb): to state something, especially by giving an exact measurement, time, exact instructions, etc. - กำหนด, ระบุ

stage : a part of an activity or process or a period of development - ช่วง, ระยะ, ตอน

state : government - รัฐบาล

surveillance : the process of carefully watching a person or place that may be involved in a criminal activity - การตรวจตรา

system (noun): a particular way of doing something; an organised set of ideas or theories - ระบบ, หลักการ

tax (noun): money that you have to pay to the government so that it can pay for public services - ภาษี

up and running (adj.): when a system is working and operating now, after a period of preparation or installation -

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