Ho Chi Minh City to install street cameras to improve security, traffic

By Dinh Phu - Lam Ngoc, Thanh Nien News

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A voluntary youth helping a foreign tourist in Ho Chi Minh City downtown. Photo: Trung Hieu A voluntary youth helping a foreign tourist in Ho Chi Minh City downtown. Photo: Trung Hieu

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Ho Chi Minh City authorities have announced a plan to install surveillance cameras on streets throughout District 1 to improve security in the downtown area starting in April of 2015.
“The cameras will help police tackle street robberies and control traffic,” Le Truong Hai Hieu, deputy chairman of the District 1 People’s Committee, said at a meeting on August 4.
The project includes installing cameras in alleys that experience “complicated security” situations, he said.
“Cameras have been installed in some alleyways in Pham Ngu Lao and Tan Dinh wards and have been very welcomed by local residents,” he said.
Surveillance cameras will be installed on every street in downtown Ho Chi Minh City to feed images back to a district police control center. These smart cameras will also adjust red lights based on traffic flows.
The street cameras will also detect speeding or illegally parked vehicles for subsequent fines.
Cameras will also be installed on traffic police vehicles to prevent corruption, according to the project.
District 1 authorities will also launch a smart phone application that will allow residents to upload images that alert the city about sanitation and security problems.
The project will be paid for with VND270 billion (US$12.7 million) in central government funds awarded to the city for collecting revenues that exceeded its planned 2013 target.
In related news, Cao Hong Viet, an official in District 1’s Pham Ngu Lao Ward, said his agency is still enforcing regulations designed to maintain sidewalks for pedestrians in the ward, known as a hub for international backpackers in the city.
“Residents asked to rent sidewalks for trading. However, the requests were rejected as illegal,” Viet was quoted by Tuoi Tre as saying.
“Relevant forces are currently patrolling and maintaining posts in the westerners’ quarter at night to maintain at least one meter of sidewalk for pedestrians,” he said.

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