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Making the City Safer

Botschaft Usbekistan, December 29, 2015

By the end of next year, all communities and residential areas of Tashkent will be equipped with video surveillance systems.

The key objective of the project is to maintain the public order and public safety, as well as maintain basements, attics, utilities and common areas of apartment houses in good technical condition.

According to the Press Secretary of Tashkent municipality Husan Ermatov, this work has been producing some results. In recent years, 22% of crimes in Tashkent were uncovered thanks to surveillance cameras.

Special working groups have been organized in each district of Tashkent to identify camera locations and study them. In general, it is envisaged to install video cameras at nearly 13,500 facilities, including over 9,400 cameras in residential apartment buildings, and 4,200 cameras in the streets.

“The groups will be also involved in awareness rallies among the population and house owners on the installation of systems, as well as in the selection of companies and organizations that will specialize in the installation and maintenance,” said the Director of the Tashkent Municipal Territorial Public and Utility Association Ilkhom Mahkamov.

According to him, cameras will be primarily installed in doorways and on sidewalks. They will transmit data to specialized offices under district inspectors, and archived in a database. The records will be provided to security and law enforcement authorities as part of crime investigation.

The project will require big financial resources. The concerned agencies are currently working on the ways of investing funds of international credit and financial institutions, foreign and domestic banks.

The pilot phase of the project has been already launched. Several cameras were installed in Chinar community of Mirobod district. Today, according to Ilkhom Mahkamov, two communities in Mirobod and Mirzo-Ulugbek districts are next in turn. Foreign equipment will be purchased in the first stage. However, experts are seeking for the ways of localization of camera production by local manufacturers.

Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper


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