China Says 2.75 Million Security Cameras Installed
China’s police say they have installed 2.75 million surveillance cameras since 2003 and are expanding the system into the largely neglected countryside.
The cameras are the most visible components of police surveillance and notification systems installed around the country, mainly in urban areas, according to a news release posted Monday on the Public Security Ministry’s Web site.
Such systems have proved controversial in other countries, especially in Britain, which reportedly has 4.2 million surveillance cameras installed — or about one per 14 people. British police say the system has in fact done little to bring down crime.