Sofia, Bulgaria: Yordanka Fandakova, mayor of Sofia, remarked that the Sofia Municipality has built the most extensive video surveillance system in the country, which is integrated with the Ministry of Interior.
She commented that every year, the Municipality expands it to increase surveillance and security in the region, and so far, they have built video surveillance in:
100% of the municipal schools
85% of kindergartens
66% of the main intersections in the city
100% of the vehicles of public transport
80% of the most visited parks
Currently, the system includes over 4500 cameras at public sites and about 4000 in public transport. This imposed an extension with a new building of the Video Surveillance Center, which is already ready.
With the new premises, mayor Yordanka Fandakova emphasized that Sofia Municipality has ensured the opportunity to upgrade the system with new objects.
Sharing the details of the development of video surveillance system in Sofia, Mayor Fandakova reported that the Municipality started the construction of video surveillance in Kazichene, which is part of the strategy for inclusion in the design of peripheral risk areas. They have already built one in Lozen.
All cameras of the Metropolitan Municipality are also accessible at the centres of the SDVR and the Ministry of Interior. She noted that the initiative is taken to acquire two main tasks – the prevention of violations and the detection of crimes.
Additionally, the mayor of Sofia proudly announced that on October 27, 2023, the municipality laid the last layer of asphalt on the street “Kukush”, restoring traffic. The St. Kukush is a major for the Ilinden district, and it is part of my program for repairing major neighbourhood streets.
Miss Fandakova highlighted that together with the primary repair of the street “Kukush”, the Municipality built nearly a kilometre of new sewerage, water supply, new street lighting and sidewalks. Over the weekend, the raised walkway will be completed, and the marking will be placed.