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Rural areas to get surveillance cameras

CHINA'S police authority will extend the installation of surveillance cameras in rural communities to provide better public security.

The Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on its Website yesterday that police had installed more than 2.75 million cameras in public areas across the country, most of them in urban areas.

More than 268,000 surveillance and alarm systems had been installed in public areas to enable police to fight crime around the clock, it said.

The ministry asked local police authorities to introduce more surveillance cameras in rural communities.

The surveillance systems would be linked to police stations, community police service posts and farmer security guards in rural areas to establish a comprehensive security network, the statement said.

The statement also said the installation of cameras should respect the wishes of the residents and police authorities should promote simple and cost-effective facilities.

Surveillance monitors in public domains such as roads, banks, stores and hospitals are increasingly common. Concerns over privacy protection are occasionally heard, but the government has not established a law or regulation on the issue.


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