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Central camera surveillance in Amsterdam

Amsterdam's city council is setting up a single central viewing area by the end of next year, from which police can monitor images from all cameras hung in the city centre. The municipality announced this on Thursday. Particularly during nights out, the enforcers will from now on monitor the situation in the city directly from the room with screens.

In case of incidents, they can switch between different locations. With the extension of camera surveillance to all major downtown entertainment areas, 192 cameras have been hanging in public spaces in Amsterdam since this month. The expanded camera surveillance is part of a number of measures to increase safety in the city centre. To expand camera surveillance and the central lookout, the municipality is allocating almost 2 million euros. (ANP)