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  • Seoul’s Joint Inspection Team is Ready to Root Out Spy Cams in Entertainment Areas

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    • As people start to go out again , Seoul will inspect restrooms nearby its entertainment districts to prevent illegal spy cams
    • By engaging in the “Tailored Police Activities,” Seoul and the Municipal Police Council will check popular entertainment areas in the city
    • Seoul will keep a sharp eye on illegal cameras with systematic programs, such as regular inspection of public restrooms and self-surveillance of the private sector

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, December 2, 2021 –As more and more Seoul citizens are enjoying their night out, the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) decided to inspect restrooms to stamp out illegal filming with spy cams. To prevent crimes associated with spy cams, Seoul will deploy its surveillance team.

    The surveillance team will crack down private toilets open to the public near the city’s entertainment areas in 25 districts and the team is composed of 250 members.

    The SMG has already designated some toilets as special monitoring targets, but it will select 2,500 more targets among those around the entertainment districts or used by many citizens. The surveillance team, SMG, and Municipal Police Council will work hand in hand for the inspection.

    Inspectors will first search for hidden devices by using a camera detector and look for suspicious marks. Then they will examine the marks or spots with an infrared sensor.

    To prevent illegal filming, the SMG plans to further expand the cooperation with the Municipal Police Council through various measures, including a joint campaign.

    Seoul’s district offices are ready to lend 860 inspection devices to public health businesses seeking to conduct self-inspection. Those interested can apply for the rental service by calling or visiting the district office or community service center. But they can also make the process much simpler by using the Ansimi app.

    Recently, the surveillance team, along with the Office of Education and the National Police Agency, inspected restrooms in schools to sweep out illegal filming. The team has scanned 22,650 toilets and shower rooms in 6,134 buildings across Seoul by conducting its regular checkup twice every month. Last August and September, they completed an inspection of 1,331 schools in Seoul to provide a safer environment for students and staff.

    Seoul has continuously worked with private associations to establish stronger cooperative bodies. It has also instituted more robust inspection measures to ensure that no one has to be concerned with spy cams.

    For instance, the SMG reduced the frequency of public toilet checkups to once a week by introducing a solution or stronger preventive measures and reinforcing the cooperation with the private sector. As a result, the private sector received support for regular inspection from Seoul.

    “We decided to operate the targeted inspection as a preemptive measure to combat spy cam filming,” said Kim Seon-soon, Deputy Mayor for Women & Family Policy Affairs. “We will build up our system to root out illegal filming as we advance. In addition, by creating a cooperative system with relevant agencies, we will make sure that our citizens feel safe wherever they go.”