Dubai to spend USD 136 million on security
Dubai police will spend USD 136 million on security technology this year by installing a new type of `smart camera` that can rotate to cover which were once identified as "dead spots", the police chief has said.
Dubai: Dubai police will spend USD 136
million on security technology this year by installing a new
type of `smart camera` that can rotate to cover which were
once identified as "dead spots", the police chief has said.
There are 25,000 security cameras in the emirate, and the
number will increase as the force begins to install new
cameras to meet the growing requirements of an expanding
metropolis, Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim said.
"We need to work according to a well studied strategic
plan and not only react to events as they come along," Tamim
was quoted by The National newspaper as saying.
Tamim said the importance of such technology in the
force`s work was highlighted in investigation into the murder
of the Hamas official Mahmoud Al Mabhouh who was killed in his
hotel room in January.
"With the Al Mabhouh murder we were able to play back
time through the footage captured by cameras, and after going
through 1,700 hours of CCTV footage we were able to pull the
strings together and identify the suspects," he said.
The police chief, however, reiterated that residents
should not be concerned about privacy issues.
"To intrude on people`s privacy is not allowed by law and
is not acceptable by our religion and tradition, so nobody in
Dubai need feel scared about their privacy," Tamim told the
Dubai Police has 16,500 officers and another 4,000
administrative staff who oversee security in a city with about
The daily maintenance of the equipment will be covered by
the USD 136 million budget, but the salaries of staff working
are covered under a separate budget.
The budget will also cover investment in technology that
will allow police to place GPS locators on cars being pursued