We’ve known for years that there are thousands of traffic cameras in this town, but now comes word that thousands more are going up all over the city to watch out for "suspicious acts or objects." These cameras are to be managed by the municipal, district, and street level administration, and are not to be confused with those managed by the municipal, public security, and public utilities departments. I love the final paragraph:
Intimate acts of lovers may be initially
categorized as "kidnapping" or "robbery" by the computers, which are
programmed to be sensitive to violations of "safe distance", and
reported to the command center. Policemen on duty will decide what
actions to take depending on whether there are real dangerous
situations or not.
Intimate acts of lovers may be initially categorized as kidnapping or robbery? Something tells me that "intimate acts of lovers" is an unfortunate choice of words.
Link: People’s Daily Online – Beijing to mark camera monitored zones.