Singapore aims to have more than 200,000 police cameras by at least 2030, Minister for Home Affairs K Shanmugam says, over double the current number of cameras deployed across the island state.
With a land area of little over 700 square kilometres, Singapore has strict laws and its surveillance tools include more than 90,000 police cameras already installed across the city.
"Surveillance cameras deployed by governments whether in Singapore or other countries, are sometimes criticised as being an invasion of privacy," Shanmugam, who is also the law minister, told parliament on Wednesday.
"These claims overlook a couple of basic points that most people want to live in an environment which is safe and secure," he said.
Singapore, a city-state of about 5.7 million people, is one of the safest countries in the world, according to a 2019 Gallup poll.
Australian Associated Press