Entertainment area should have cameras

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 March, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 March, 2002, 12:00am

I find it difficult to understand why anyone would object to the installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in the Lan Kwai Fong area.


If people are worried about their privacy being infringed upon, what are they doing in such an open public arena like Lan Kwai Fong to begin with? As for those persons that believe that there are never any problems in Lan Kwai Fong that would warrant CCTV, then perhaps they should speak to the door security personnel who work in that area.


I know from experience, having worked on the doors there for the past six years, what can and does happen both inside and outside the different venues in the area.


On one occasion a few months ago a person who had been banned from a number of venues defecated on the pavement directly outside the entrance to one of these places, in front of dozens of astonished onlookers, simply because he was refused admittance.


In general, Lan Kwai Fong is a safe place to enjoy an evening out, as are most of Hong Kong's nightspots. However, the installation of CCTV would only go towards ensuring that the area continues to stay safe and would also help to deal with the incidents that do happen.


Big cities around the world have similar systems in place that have proved to be successful in cleaning up problem areas and dealing with incidents of crime.


These should be the issues concerning people rather than them being worried about being caught on camera having a couple of drinks and a good night out with their friends. As far as I am concerned the more areas of Hong Kong that are covered by CCTV the better.


BRUCE McLAREN


Central