BANGKOK, 21 September 2011 – Former Bangkok Governor Apirak Kosayodhin has confirmed that the installment of dummy security cameras within the capital during his administration was in compliance with the term of reference (ToR).
In response to criticisms over a number of dummy CCTV cameras having been set up throughout Bangkok when he was the governor, Mr Apirak, currently Democrat Party deputy leader, defended the installment of the devices, saying it was executed as stipulated in the ToR of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).
The former Bangkok Governor explained that, during the sporadic bombings in the city in 2007, there were only about 100 cameras in use, prompting a need for more to be installed. However, with its limited budget, the BMA could not afford adequate functional cameras, which cost at least 30,000 THB each, and had to temporarily resort to dummies while waiting for more budgets in the future.
As of now, the BMA is in the process of replacing the dummy cameras with functional ones and there are approximately 500 dummies left, out of over 3,000 cameras in total within Bangkok.
(NNT : Surapan Laotharanarit)