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Security cameras are installed on a Centro intersection under the Yucatán Shield program. Photo: Sipse

Mérida, Yucatán — The Escudo Yucatán (Yucatán Shield) program, which is wiring up the city with surveillance cameras, will be fully implemented in August, state officials said.

It is expected that the next administration will continue with training courses for security personnel as well as the constant talks, forums and activities for citizens.

Martha Góngora Sánchez, of the governor’s office, said that so far more than 80 percent of the fiber optic cables required for the statewide security system has been installed. The cables link not only cameras, but encrypted radios.

Poles holding 466 cameras are throughout Mérida, including the Periférico and major intersections in Mejorada, San Juan, the ADO Terminal and Santa Ana. Merchants in the market area have told the media that they feel protected by the surveillance.

Statewide, Yucatán Shield is due to have 2,000 cameras in operation by mid-August.

High-tech lenses and microphones are also aimed at ports and along the coastline.

Source: Sipse

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