Bad news for criminals planning any major hoists in Kyauktada — the township just installed a total 35 CCTV cameras in the area.
The cameras were put up in back roads and side streets in an effort to ease citizens’ worries about a supposed increase in crime rates. Authorities hope that the cameras will also kill two birds with one stone and help them catch citizens who empty their trash on these back streets.
The money for the cameras came out of the township’s MMK100,000 budget. When asked why Kyauktada was allowed to implement the additional security measures as opposed to other townships, Kyauktada MP Kyi Pyar explained to Kumudra, “The budget for each township is different. Kyauktada doesn’t have many other areas that require spending, so we wanted to put it [the money] towards reducing crime and littering. We’ve seen a decrease in littering ever since we installed the CCTVs.”
Currently, those found throwing out their garbage on back streets will be punished for violating the township’s policies on littering. Authorities have also submitted a request to the Yangon City Development Committee for permission to take more serious legal action against such offenders.
Last October, the Yangon region’s Minister of Security and Border Affairs General Tin Aung Htun claimed that there were plans in place for a mass city-wide CCTV installation. “If there are 5,000 light poles in the quarter, there will be 5,000 CCTVs. We are planning that. The process hasn’t started yet but I have informed [local areas] in advance,” he said at the time.