CCTV excuse won't wash

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) once again has done a disservice to its residents. As the public eagerly awaited footage from 11 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed in areas near and around the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall and the Royal Plaza to find out who removed the memorial plague to the 1932 Siamese Revolution, City Hall yesterday simply came out to say that all the CCTV cameras in the areas had been removed for repair. Thus, there is no video footage available.

This is not the first time City Hall has failed to live up to the expectations of its residents when it comes to the need for images that it should have collected from CCTV cameras it has installed at different locations all across the city and that it should have stored in its database.

The BMA has installed 53,249 CCTV cameras in 50 districts, on streets, alleys and communities. Around 14,800 cameras are linked to the central control room at City Hall. The rest are standalone.

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