Thai authorities said their latest model of fiberglass dummy police officers feature working surveillance cameras, unlike some previous versions that werent equipped with cameras at all.
Who’s the dummy now? After Bangkok’s city leaders deployed decoy surveillance cameras across Bangkok to save money, Thai law enforcers are now sending out a squad of dummy policemen with real video cameras fitted to their heads to scare people into complying with the law—and to make them realize that the city’s battery of closed-circuit television cameras aren’t just empty boxes.
“People have to know this is the real deal,” said Pasakorn Prathombutra, director of research at Thailand’s national electronics and computer agency, affectionately patting one of the life-size fiberglass policemen he helped build and opening up a flap on the back of its head to reveal a camera inside.
“We used to hide our cameras before, but now we’ve got to make it obvious that we’re watching,” Mr. Pasakorn said. “People need to know they are real.”
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