Security camera plan gets a boost

PHUKET: The provincial government has moved forward with its plans to introduce surveillance cameras in tourist areas to increase security and boost the island’s image as a safe holiday destination.

Governor Udomsak Uswarangkura, during his weekly “CEO meeting” attended by provincial government and other public officials, said that the estimated budget of 50.7 million baht will cover constructing, equipping, maintaining and staffing a single control room.

Although the number of cameras has not yet been decided, the budget for each will be 147,000 baht, covering purchase, installation and operation. This sum includes an annual maintenance budget of 13,000 baht.

Gov Udomsak said that the budget should be approved by the central government by the end of this year, “but most of the budget will come from the provincial government”.

He suggested that financial support for the project should also be sought from the private sector, “because this project will benefit their businesses, too”.

“In addition to Phuket’s tsunami warning system, surveillance cameras will bolster the island’s image as a safe place,” Gov Udomsak said.

Phuket News

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