All 300,000 CCTVs to be overhauled

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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