SEOUL, Jan. 15 (Korea Bizwire) – Seoul is ramping up efforts in a turf war against peeping toms by expanding the scope of its site inspections for hidden cameras to include universities, performance halls, shopping malls and other locations frequented by large groups of people.
The South Korean metropolis first formed an all-female hidden recording devices unit in August 2016.
Seoul announced on January 14 that buildings and organizations can request a sweep of their facilities through the city website. Private homes do not qualify. Until January 14, the city focused on bathrooms in subway stations, swimming pools and other public spaces.
Those who wish to carry out an examination on their own can borrow electromagnetic wave and infrared ray detection equipment at no charge.
In its crackdown against hidden cameras, Seoul also signed an MOU with an accommodations app company, which entailed loaning detection equipment and providing site inspection training to employees of hotels, motels and other lodgings.
Last year, the 50-woman hidden recording devices unit searched 57,914 areas within 16,959 buildings, but failed to find any illicit recording equipment.
That nothing was found could be seen as either a positive or negative. An official with the Seoul Metropolitan Government believes the former. “Even though employees were unable to find any secret recording devices, when people hear of the hidden recording devices unit’s work, it will have a deterring effect for the future.”
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