Connect with us


Local administrations to fund CCTV expansion



Local administrations to fund CCTV expansion | Thaiger

PHUKET: Following the installation 48 closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance cameras covering parts of Phuket City, Patong and Kata-Karon, local administrations across the island are preparing to fund 180 more cameras to improve security in their jurisdictions.

Vice-Governor Worapoj Ratthasima yesterday chaired a meeting on ways to fund installation of CCTV cameras at “risk” areas across the island by year’s end. Attending the gathering were Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Decha Budnampetch, Phuket CAT Telecom Manager Worawit Worrawiboonpong and representatives of municipalities and tambon administration organizations (OrBorTor).

Leading the surveillance surge will be Phuket City Municipality, which has earmarked earmarked 16.6 million baht of its fiscal 2007 budget for installation of 35 more CCTV cameras and construction of its own central monitoring center, to be sited at the Phuket City Fire Station. The city will also add 25 more cameras at a cost of 9.2 million baht in fiscal 2008, the meeting was told.

Phuket City Police, which has its own monitoring center at its headquarters on Chumphon Rd, will be given access to the city’s CCTV feeds – but the city will still be unable to tap into the police cameras.

Also expanding its coverage will be Patong Municipality, which will add 10 more cameras to its existing 16 with 4.2 million baht budgeted for fiscal 2007.

Karon Municipality, which already has 16 cameras in operation, has no plans to add more. Karon Municipality Chief Administrative Officer Tawatchai Tongmang said that the existing cameras already cover all of Karon’s major risk areas. The town will only set aside a budget for system maintenance, he said.

Other local administrations planning to installing CCTV in fiscal 2007 are:

OrBorTor Wichit: 1.9 million baht for 7 CCTV cameras;

OrBorTor Chalong: 5 million baht for 13 CCTV cameras;

OrBorTor Rawai: 20 million baht for 16 CCTV cameras;

OrBorTor Mai Khao: 1 million baht for coverage at Tah Chat Chai.

Cameras in Wichit will be monitored from the control center at Phuket City Police Station, while those in Chalong and Rawai will be monitored from the control center at Chalong Police Station, which already monitors the 16 Karon-based CCTV cameras.

Three cameras set up to monitor traffic at Chalong Circle are also linked to Chalong Police Station. Although working fine, these do not use CAT Telecom’s “CAT IT Security” service, which is based on high-speed, wireless CDMA2000 1X EV-DO technology.

Other administrations planning to set up CCTV cameras include OrBorTor Rassada, which will fund installation of 10 cameras in fiscal 2008.

Pol Maj Gen Decha told the meeting he wanted all local administrations to realize how well Phase I of the CCTV system had increased security, both for residents and tourists, since it went into operation about three months ago.

While confident that CCTV will play a big part in law enforcement in Phuket, he added that the effectiveness of the system ultimately depends on the management capabilities of the police units and other agencies responsible.

“We shouldn’t expect CCTV to solve all criminal cases, but is an important tool that makes police work a lot easier,” he said.


Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand8 mins ago

FDA says Thailand unaffected by contaminated Haagen-Dazs

Crime2 hours ago

Foreign parrotfisher in Krabi says he’s sorry

Chon Buri2 hours ago

17 year old the 18th victim of Mountain B fire, 27 still in hospital

Sponsored2 days ago

BKFC THAILAND 3: Moment of truth set for September 3

Economy3 hours ago

After poor South Koreans die in flooded basement home, will there be change?

Thailand4 hours ago

10 Unique Superstitions of Thai People

Weather4 hours ago

Tropical storm ‘Mulan’ makes a splash in the north of Thailand

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Patong5 hours ago

Fire breaks out at Patong bar

Politics7 hours ago

Exiled Sri Lanka President warned to stay in his hotel in Bangkok

World7 hours ago

UPDATE: Salman Rushdie on ventilator, details on stabber emerge

Thailand8 hours ago

Campaign to get international training for Thai teen declared record sprinter

Crime8 hours ago

Royal birthdays bring over 100,000 royal prison pardons

Video8 hours ago

The Voice Behind the World’s Top Brands ft. Krit Tone Sukawat | Thaiger Podcast Ep.2

Press Room10 hours ago

Thailand as your next destination for Motorcycle Adventure post-COVID

Crime10 hours ago

Singaporean and Thai swindler couple arrested in Malaysia

Crime20 hours ago

Author Salman Rushdie stabbed at New York lecture

Thailand11 months ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism1 year ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand1 year ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism1 year ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11