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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Video Surveillance Set for 2002

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The city's residential entrances and courtyards will come under video surveillance in 2002, pending the outcome of a pilot program, said Dmitry Kostin, press secretary for the main Moscow police department.

The police are conducting a video surveillance experiment on Dolgorukovskaya Ulitsa to see if they should make the switch, Kostin said.

Policemen guard over 27,000 of the city's roughly 100,000 residential entrances, Kostin said.

Manning these entrances is very expensive and drains police personnel from other security-sensitive functions, Kostin said.

In 2002, when video monitoring is fully installed, Kostin said the level of criminal activities around apartment buildings will drop considerably.

But setting up the video monitoring will entail a substantial initial investment. The cost of equipping an entrance is about 6,000 rubles ($210). Using this as a reference, the city will need some 600 million rubles ($21 million) to equip all 100,000 entrances.