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‘Cameras everywhere’ – Dubai police plan to expand city security

Growing city needs extra security efforts, says police chief.

June 20, 2010 3:01 by

Dubai police are to spend AED 500 million on new security technology this year, reports the National.

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; the aim is to have “cameras everywhere.”

“We need to work according to a well studied strategic plan and not only react to events as they come along,” Lt Gen Tamim said in his interview with The National. “We will have cameras everywhere.”

There are currently around 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.

Lt Gen Tamim said the importance of such technology in the force’s work was highlighted in the investigation into the murder of the Hamas official Mahmoud al Mabhouh in his hotel room in January.

“With the al Mabhouh murder we were able to play back time through the footage captured by cameras, and after going through 1,700 hours of CCTV footage we were able to pull the strings together and identify the suspects,” he said. “Sometimes we are lucky with cases, sometimes the constant following up pays off, but what always works is our intelligence gathering.”

He went on to reassure residents over issues of privacy. “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.”

Lt Gen Tamim said he and his colleagues were working on the security for each and every aspect of Dubai, “whether it’s an environment security, commercial or tourism security.”

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1 Comment

  1. jazzy jo on June 21, 2010 7:21 am

    Ok! If they r gonna keep cameras everwhere
    how r they not going “To intrude on people’s privacy”.
    I don’t get it. They’re gonna find out how many times I
    go out of my house, office & how many times I visit the
    Mall of the Emirates, the restrooms in the mall & what
    friends or family members I meet every week & how many
    times. This I call an intrusion to my private life when they
    plan to install cameras everywhere.


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