HK government intensifies surveillance with 2,000 CCTV installations in Mong Kok

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18th April 2024 – (Hong Kong) The Hong Kong government has begun the installation of 2,000 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras across the city, with an initial deployment in the bustling district of Mong Kok. As of today, 15 cameras have been strategically placed at seven key locations, marking a critical phase in a city-wide technical trial aimed at enhancing public safety.

The Secretary for Security, Chris Tang, assured the public that all surveillance measures adhere strictly to the Privacy Ordinance, underscoring the government’s commitment to privacy concerns amidst this expansion.

This initiative sees cameras mounted at several high-traffic areas including near the old Water Supplies Department, Sin Tat Plaza, Langham Place, and various pedestrian zones. Notably, each camera is accompanied by a sign indicating its operation, with a QR code that directs to a webpage detailing the project’s specifics.

The areas chosen for these pilot installations are conspicuous for their blend of retail outlets, jewellery stores, exchange bureaus, and construction sites, which are frequent spots for both local and tourist footfall. The positioning of the cameras on lampposts and traffic lights at these sites is strategic, ensuring comprehensive coverage of pedestrian walkways and roadways.

In addition to enhancing security, the CCTV network is expected to aid in traffic management and crime prevention. The cameras are set up to primarily monitor vehicular movement along major thoroughfares such as Argyle Street and Tung Choi Street, as well as pedestrian activities in areas dense with retail and residential buildings.

This initiative extends to the vicinity of the HKJC Betting Branch on Fa Yuen Street and near major shopping centres like the Hollywood Shopping Centre and Langham Place, ensuring a wide spectrum of public spaces are under surveillance.