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City of Norrköping to invest in camera surveillance

Mass surveillance

Published 20 April 2024
- By Editorial Staff
Camera monitoring at Stureplan in Stockholm.

The police and politicians in Norrköping want to expand the use of camera surveillance with the express purpose of fighting crime. A feasibility study will now be launched to determine which places in Norrköping could be monitored.

The proposal for increased camera surveillance in the city was presented at a press conference on Monday. The police say they have tested a surveillance method in Malmö that they now want to try in Norrköping.

– We have received a request from the police to initiate cooperation in camera surveillance, which we welcome. We already have several established collaborations to make Norrköping a safe place, and this is a powerful addition to that work, says Sophia Jarl (M), chair of the city council, in a press release.

The preliminary study will be completed in the spring and will look at where in Norrköping it might make sense to install cameras. The study will also look at technical solutions, such as how the cameras will be installed and how electricity and fiber optic networks will be provided. A cooperation agreement will be drawn up between the City of Norrköping and the police.

Unclear number of cameras

According to the method used in Malmö, the police will be responsible for the cameras and surveillance, while the municipality will contribute with poles, electricity and fiber.

– There is currently no figure for the number of cameras that will be allocated to Norrköping, but our assessment is that the number, which currently stands at 24, will be significantly increased, says Frida Braf, local police area manager.

In large parts of the country, the police have so far worked with both camera and drone surveillance. The contract for drone surveillance in Stockholm, for example, was extended in January this year.

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