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CHINA'S southern Guangdong Province is installing 1 million cameras in public places, including busy streets and railway stations as part of its anti-crime surveillance efforts.

The cameras, which will be fully operational next year, will immediately alert police about fights, robberies and other major crimes and incidents, a police officer from Guangdong's department of public security said yesterday.

The system, which is in partial operation, has helped police detain more than 10,000 suspects since the beginning of the year. More than 18,000 cases of street crime are reported to have been prevented or countered.

The cameras will be part of an advanced video network that will link local police crime-reporting centers to every major public place in the region's cities.

So far, the province has installed more than 900,000 video cameras in major cities including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhongshan, Dongguan and cities in the Pearl River Delta.

Guangdong, which borders Hong Kong and Macau, is one of China's leading exporters and home to tens of thousands of migrant workers and business people who seek development and opportunities.


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