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Security cameras targeted

SHANGHAI police will launch a citywide check on surveillance cameras in public places following the recent abduction of a woman from supermarket car park.

Police have already found that surveillance cameras in some public garages and car parks do not cover all areas.

"Officials of public areas like big markets should bear part of the responsibility for keeping customers safe," said Wu Dong, a Shanghai lawyer.

Last October the rules on safety standards in public places were overhauled by the city government, making it mandatory for markets and shopping malls to install surveillance cameras.

Police ordered some supermarkets to improve security facilities in response to public concern after the kidnap.

On August 27, two men drove into the car park of a Carrefour supermarket in the city's Changning District. They kidnapped the woman as she returned to her vehicle.

They took her away in her own car before returning later to collect their vehicle.

Surveillance cameras in the car park recorded the suspects' vehicle but did not capture either the incident or the suspects' images.


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