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Crime-Control Cameras Appear in Tehran

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Police authorities have started installing closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras throughout the Iranian capital to lower crime rates.

"Speed control cameras have been installed in Tehran's major highways, and those allocated for the remaining freeways will be installed in the next two months," Chief of the Tehran Traffic Policing Unit, Seyed Hadi Hashemi, said on Wednesday.

"Up to 12 cameras have already been installed in areas within the Even Odd Driving Boundary... but that figure will reach 137 in the next four weeks," press tv quoted him as saying.

Hashemi pointed out that a total of 500 cameras would be installed in the densely populated capital, to monitor driving violations and other criminal offenses.

Installation of the cameras has sparked mixed reactions from the residents of Tehran, the Middle East's largest city.

While some residents see the cameras as an infringement on their 'privacy rights,' others support the plan, as they believe it will help curb crime and raise security levels in the city.

During the past few years, crime rates have experienced a steady climb in the Iranian capital, which is home to around 15 million people.

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