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Istanbul is among the 50 most surveilled cities in the world

Istanbul is among the 50 most surveilled cities in the world
13 September 2019

B2Press examined the cities around the world surveilled by CCTV cameras, as well as the security and crime rates of those cities. China is home to eight of the top 10 cities where people are most surveilled, while Istanbul is listed as the 25th most surveilled city in the world.


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ISTANBUL (TR) - Online PR agency B2Press, which examined the research of the Comparitech website that provides data on the use of technology in daily life, examined cities followed by camera systems called ‘closed-circuit television’ (CCTV) surveillance. In China, Chongqing, which ranks first in the list of the most-watched cities in the world, has 168 cameras per thousand people, while in the top ten there are 8 cities from China. London, with 68.4 cameras per thousand inhabitants, and Atlanta, with 15.6 cameras, were the other two cities in the world's top 10 most-watched cities. The study also compared crime and security indexes and the number of cameras and said that there is no strong link between the increase in the number of cameras and security.

7,15 cameras per thousand people in Istanbul.

The survey, which ranked 120 cities, focused primarily on cameras used by public institutions such as public security and security forces. In addition to China, the United States, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Australia and India were found to host cities with a large number of cameras. 25th in the list of the number of cameras per thousand people in Istanbul was announced as 7.15.

By 2022, one camera will fall for both people in China

With the growing population, city authorities are using cameras for security purposes as well as for traffic control and road condition monitoring. While some experts think that camera surveillance can make society more secure, some experts see it as an obstacle to privacy and human rights. Regardless of which side, the reality is: Surveillance with cameras is increasing worldwide. It is foreseen that by 2022 there will be one camera per two people in China.

Does the high number of cameras reduce the crime rate?

B2Press also compared the crime and security indices of cities reported by Numbeo and based on the surveys of Comparitech visitors with the number of cameras. According to the review, there is no strong link between the increase in the number of cameras and security. Although London entered the top ten in terms of the number of cameras, it was ranked as the safest 245th country in the world with a value of 47.54 in the crime index evaluated over 100. Istanbul ranks 25th in terms of the number of cameras but was ranked 218th with a security index score of 52.41.

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