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How Surat and Tigre cut crime to become safer cities

Workers in the Tigre Operations Centre monitor the camera feeds with the latest automation and image detection systems
Photo: NEC

Back in 2011, Tigre, Argentina was enjoying a boom in tourism. Unfortunately this growth caught the attention of criminals, leading to a rise in crime. Tigre was facing problems related to theft and drug trafficking often accompanied by violence.

Located 32 kilometres from the Argentinian capital, Buenos Aires, Tigre is popular for short-break vacations–at the weekend its population triples compared to midweek. With tourism being a main pillar of the local economy, city leaders began exploring options to increase safety for Tigre’s citizens and keep its position as a favoured weekend getaway.

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