Beijing entirely covered by video surveillance system

Beijing, Oct 5 (IANS) Beijing police have covered every corner of the Chinese capital with a video surveillance system, a media report said on Monday.

According to the Beijing Public Security Bureau, the complete coverage by the video system during the National Day holiday period (October 1-7) is part of a move to heighten the capital’s security and avoid crimes, the People’s Daily reported.

As the highest level video surveillance system was launched in downtown Beijing, the Patrol Corps under Beijing’s Public Security Bureau also launched a video monitoring system throughout 19 districts and counties, as well as in 362 police stations.

As part of the effort, the number of surveillance cameras on streets across the city has increased 29 percent year-on-year, the bureau said.

The video surveillance system has covered 100 percent of the capital during the holiday, the first time that the system has provided complete coverage in the city since being upgraded in 2012.

Additionally, the police presence has been tightened in crowded places such as markets, bus stations and parks.

Since the beginning of the year, more than 4,300 police officers have been asked to take charge of their local video surveillance systems. Based on the systems, police have solved more than 1,500 cases, up 22 percent year-on-year, and caught 2,370 suspects, up 5 percent year-on-year, the bureau added.

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