Singapore, Bangkok among top-50 most surveilled cities in the world

Singapore, Bangkok Among Top-50 Most Surveilled Cities In The World

Singapore and Bangkok are Southeast Asia’s contribution to the world’s top-50 most surveilled cities in terms of public surveillance cameras per citizen. Singapore ranks 11th with 15.25 CCTV cameras per 1,000 people and Bangkok 32nd with 5.16 cameras per citizen on a list compiled by UK-based technology research firm Comparitech.

On a wider list of 121 cities, the two are joined in the region by Ho Chi Minh City (rank 73), Yangon (77), Jakarta (78), Hanoi (80) and Manila (115), which has just 0.02 surveillance cameras per 1,000 people installed.

Cities in China are under the heaviest CCTV surveillance in the world, according to the analysis. No less than nine Chinese cities are in the top-ten ranking, only joined by London (rank 6). The heaviest CCTV-controlled citizens live in Chongqing, Shenzhen and Shanghai.

Chongqing has over 2.5 million cameras for 15.3 million people. That works out to be around 168.03 cameras per 1,000 people, Comparitech said. Shenzhen and Shanghai have an estimated 159.09 cameras and 113.46 cameras per 1,000 people, respectively.

China, which has a 1.386 billion-strong population, has also reportedly invested in facial recognition technology to track people’s movements and even predict crime. According to reports, the system is touted has being “fast enough to scan China’s population in just one second,” and could scan the world’s population in just two seconds. By 2022, China is projected to have one public CCTV camera for every two people

However, residents living in cities across the US, UK, UAE, Australia and India will also find themselves surrounded by a large number of watchful eyes. The lowest rate of CCTV cameras has been found in Copenhagen and Oslo.

Interestingly, Comparitech said it found little correlation between the number of public CCTV cameras and crime or safety.

The 20 most-surveilled cities in the world

  1. Chongqing, China – 2,579,890 cameras for 15,354,067 people = 168.03 cameras per 1,000 people
  2. Shenzhen, China – 1,929,600 cameras for 12,128,721 people = 159.09 cameras per 1,000 people
  3. Shanghai, China – 2,985,984 cameras for 26,317,104 people = 113.46 cameras per 1,000 people
  4. Tianjin, China – 1,244,160 cameras for 13,396,402 people = 92.87 cameras per 1,000 people
  5. Ji’nan, China – 540,463 cameras for 7,321,200 people = 73.82 cameras per 1,000 people
  6. London, England (UK) – 627,707 cameras for 9,176,530 people = 68.40 cameras per 1,000 people
  7. Wuhan, China – 500,000 cameras for 8,266,273 people = 60.49 cameras per 1,000 people
  8. Guangzhou, China – 684,000 cameras for 12,967,862 people = 52.75 cameras per 1,000 people
  9. Beijing, China – 800,000 cameras for 20,035,455 people = 39.93 cameras per 1,000 people
  10. Atlanta, Georgia (US) – 7,800 cameras for 501,178 people = 15.56 cameras per 1,000 people
  11. Singapore – 86,000 cameras for 5,638,676 people = 15.25 cameras per 1,000 people
  12. Abu Dhabi, UAE – 20,000 cameras for 1,452,057 people = 13.77 cameras per 1,000 people
  13. Chicago, Illinois (US) – 35,000 cameras for 2,679,044 people = 13.06 cameras per 1,000 people
  14. Urumqi, China – 43,394 cameras for 3,500,000 people = 12.40 cameras per 1,000 people
  15. Sydney, Australia – 60,000 cameras for 4,859,432 people = 12.35 cameras per 1,000 people
  16. Baghdad, Iraq – 120,000 cameras for 9,760,000 people = 12.30 cameras per 1,000 people
  17. Dubai, UAE – 35,000 cameras for 2,883,079 people = 12.14 cameras per 1,000 people
  18. Moscow, Russia – 146,000 cameras for 12,476,171 people = 11.70 cameras per 1,000 people
  19. Berlin, Germany – 39,765 cameras for 3,556,792 people = 11.18 cameras per 1,000 people
  20. New Delhi, India – 179,000 cameras for 18,600,000 people = 9.62 cameras per 1,000 people
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Singapore and Bangkok are Southeast Asia’s contribution to the world’s top-50 most surveilled cities in terms of public surveillance cameras per citizen. Singapore ranks 11th with 15.25 CCTV cameras per 1,000 people and Bangkok 32nd with 5.16 cameras per citizen on a list compiled by UK-based technology research firm Comparitech. On a wider list of 121 cities, the two are joined in the region by Ho Chi Minh City (rank 73), Yangon (77), Jakarta (78), Hanoi (80) and Manila (115), which has just 0.02 surveillance cameras per 1,000 people installed. Cities in China are under the heaviest CCTV surveillance in...

Singapore, Bangkok Among Top-50 Most Surveilled Cities In The World

Singapore and Bangkok are Southeast Asia’s contribution to the world’s top-50 most surveilled cities in terms of public surveillance cameras per citizen. Singapore ranks 11th with 15.25 CCTV cameras per 1,000 people and Bangkok 32nd with 5.16 cameras per citizen on a list compiled by UK-based technology research firm Comparitech.

On a wider list of 121 cities, the two are joined in the region by Ho Chi Minh City (rank 73), Yangon (77), Jakarta (78), Hanoi (80) and Manila (115), which has just 0.02 surveillance cameras per 1,000 people installed.

Cities in China are under the heaviest CCTV surveillance in the world, according to the analysis. No less than nine Chinese cities are in the top-ten ranking, only joined by London (rank 6). The heaviest CCTV-controlled citizens live in Chongqing, Shenzhen and Shanghai.

Chongqing has over 2.5 million cameras for 15.3 million people. That works out to be around 168.03 cameras per 1,000 people, Comparitech said. Shenzhen and Shanghai have an estimated 159.09 cameras and 113.46 cameras per 1,000 people, respectively.

China, which has a 1.386 billion-strong population, has also reportedly invested in facial recognition technology to track people’s movements and even predict crime. According to reports, the system is touted has being “fast enough to scan China’s population in just one second,” and could scan the world’s population in just two seconds. By 2022, China is projected to have one public CCTV camera for every two people

However, residents living in cities across the US, UK, UAE, Australia and India will also find themselves surrounded by a large number of watchful eyes. The lowest rate of CCTV cameras has been found in Copenhagen and Oslo.

Interestingly, Comparitech said it found little correlation between the number of public CCTV cameras and crime or safety.

The 20 most-surveilled cities in the world

  1. Chongqing, China – 2,579,890 cameras for 15,354,067 people = 168.03 cameras per 1,000 people
  2. Shenzhen, China – 1,929,600 cameras for 12,128,721 people = 159.09 cameras per 1,000 people
  3. Shanghai, China – 2,985,984 cameras for 26,317,104 people = 113.46 cameras per 1,000 people
  4. Tianjin, China – 1,244,160 cameras for 13,396,402 people = 92.87 cameras per 1,000 people
  5. Ji’nan, China – 540,463 cameras for 7,321,200 people = 73.82 cameras per 1,000 people
  6. London, England (UK) – 627,707 cameras for 9,176,530 people = 68.40 cameras per 1,000 people
  7. Wuhan, China – 500,000 cameras for 8,266,273 people = 60.49 cameras per 1,000 people
  8. Guangzhou, China – 684,000 cameras for 12,967,862 people = 52.75 cameras per 1,000 people
  9. Beijing, China – 800,000 cameras for 20,035,455 people = 39.93 cameras per 1,000 people
  10. Atlanta, Georgia (US) – 7,800 cameras for 501,178 people = 15.56 cameras per 1,000 people
  11. Singapore – 86,000 cameras for 5,638,676 people = 15.25 cameras per 1,000 people
  12. Abu Dhabi, UAE – 20,000 cameras for 1,452,057 people = 13.77 cameras per 1,000 people
  13. Chicago, Illinois (US) – 35,000 cameras for 2,679,044 people = 13.06 cameras per 1,000 people
  14. Urumqi, China – 43,394 cameras for 3,500,000 people = 12.40 cameras per 1,000 people
  15. Sydney, Australia – 60,000 cameras for 4,859,432 people = 12.35 cameras per 1,000 people
  16. Baghdad, Iraq – 120,000 cameras for 9,760,000 people = 12.30 cameras per 1,000 people
  17. Dubai, UAE – 35,000 cameras for 2,883,079 people = 12.14 cameras per 1,000 people
  18. Moscow, Russia – 146,000 cameras for 12,476,171 people = 11.70 cameras per 1,000 people
  19. Berlin, Germany – 39,765 cameras for 3,556,792 people = 11.18 cameras per 1,000 people
  20. New Delhi, India – 179,000 cameras for 18,600,000 people = 9.62 cameras per 1,000 people
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