Daily Israel Report

Constant Surveillance Coming to Israel's Cities

Cameras and sensors to be put up in dozens of cities as part of the City Without Violence program.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 3/14/2010, 9:15 PM / Last Update: 3/14/2010, 9:54 PM

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The Public Security Ministry has announced a tender for firms to oversee the installation of surveillance equipment in several Israeli cities. Cameras and sensors will be put up in the city as part of the City Without Violence program.

Surveillance equipment is to be installed in public areas in dozens of cities. Cameras will be mounted in industrial zones, residential neighborhoods, schools, major intersections, and parks.

The project aims to deter criminals, and to allow police to more easily track down attackers. Police say the system may even allow them to stop crimes in real time.

Ministry spokesmen said the surveillance systems would not be detrimental to individuals' privacy.

The surveillance network is part of a five-point plan to combat violence that was announced last year by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu's plan also includes limiting alcohol sales at night, harsher penalties for violent crime, and anti-violence education in schools.