Only half of the CCTV cameras in Pattaya are working according to the Mayor of Pattaya City this week in an interview with associated Thai press.
The Pattaya City Mayor Sonthaya Khunpluem told associated media yesterday “There are slightly over 2,000 CCTV cameras in Pattaya in total at this time. We also have a dedicated CCTV control center that is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
“However, some of them are broken and some are damaged from recent electric cable fires. Only roughly fifty percent of the CCTV cameras in Pattaya work currently. This is a major safety issue and also makes it more difficult to properly track and stop crime.”
“Now, we are working on improving the current outdated system and will be upgrading to a wireless CCTV camera system. This is expected to be finished sometime next year. This will bring all current cameras to working condition.” Mayor Khunpluem continued.
“In addition, we will add more cameras in current blind spot areas to make a total of 3,000 CCTV cameras in Pattaya. This is part of a long term strategic goal to be able to make Pattaya safe for residents and the millions of tourists that visit the city yearly in normal times.”
The Mayor added that all CCTV infrastructure upgrades and additional cameras, in total nearly a thousand more, is estimated to be completed by 2023 with a budget of fifty million baht.
SOURCE: Sophon Cable, story by The Pattaya News