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Guyana to install hundreds of cameras to fight crime

Published:Friday | October 16, 2015 | 10:00 AM

GEORGETOWN, (AP):

The South American nation of Guyana is preparing to install hundreds of closed-circuit TV cameras in its capital to crack down on crime.

Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said yesterday that at least 300 cameras would be set up across Georgetown following a rise in violence. He said reported rapes have increased by 19 percent, compared to last year, and killings are up five percent.

Ramjattan said the Inter-American Development Bank is financing the project. He did not say how much it would cost.

Guyana also expects to receive some $6 million from Britain to help train its police force and boost its forensic science department.