400 security cameras to monitor Cargo Village

The installation of the cameras is part of plan that involved the creation of a special body to ensure safe passage of shipments, dubbed the Cargo Security Administration. (AGENCIES)

Dubai has deployed 400 surveillance cameras at its Cargo Village to bolster security following the discovery of some suspicious parcels over the past year, a security official was reported on Wednesday as saying.

The installation of the cameras is part of plan that involved the creation of a special body to ensure safe passage of shipments, dubbed the Cargo Security Administration.

Such measures have also been prompted by the sharp rise in activity at the Dubai Cargo Village, which handed nearly 2.3 million tonnes in 2010, the Administration’s director Major Jumma Al Roum told 'Alkhaleej' newspaper.

He said checking of cargo at the village, airport and other outlets in the emirate is conducted by high-tech screening systems and trained police dogs, adding that any suspected item would be examined and searched manually.

“If there is a one per cent suspicion about a shipment, immediate measures will be taken to ensure security and safety of the place…we have around 400 surveillance cameras inside the Cargo Village to monitor every part and all of them are linked to a central operation room at the Administration and to the Airport Security Operations.”

Al-Roum said the Administration had also deployed 22 screening machines and 290 police men and other staffers at the village, one of the largest in the Middle East.

“We have also received advanced hand-held systems to detect explosives and are already deployed at different places to ensure safe shipping operations.”

 

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