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Guangzhou steps up surveillance ahead of Asian Games

07-27-2010 13:18 BJT

BEIJING, July 27 (Xinhuanet) -- "You have entered into an area that is being monitored by an intelligent video surveillance system," read the black Chinese characters on a board near an entrance to Huaqiao Xincun on the busy Huanshidong road in Guangzhou's Yuexiu district.

Two women walk past a surveillance camera on Monday in Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong province.(Photo: China Daily)
Two women walk past a surveillance camera on Monday in Guangzhou, 
capital of South China's Guangdong province.(Photo: China Daily)

Behind the board is a tiny surveillance camera, which is operational round the clock.

Huaqiao Xincun is just one of thousands of corners in Guangdong's provincial capital, which is gearing up to host the 16th Asian Games in November, where video monitoring cameras have been installed recently.

Sources in the Guangzhou department of public security revealed that so far, more than 268,000 video cameras have been installed citywide as part of efforts to boost security.

According to the police, video cameras have been installed in every street and lane in the city, particularly around the major venues for the Asian Games.

Moreover, the video monitoring network links every public place to the crime reporting centers in the southern metropolis, which had one of the highest crime rates among cities on the mainland.

"The video surveillance system, which is expected to help further reduce the crime rate, is part of the police efforts to introduce scientific means to ensure security for the coming Asian Games," said a police officer, requesting anonymity.

Guangzhou residents have welcomed the video cameras with open arms.

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