Sunday, April 13, 2014

Perú: Gov't Installs Surevillance Cameras, Other Security Deterrents to Counter Streaking Tourists, Defacement, Sabotage

Perú’s government plans to install a number of security cameras at the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, in an attempt to crack down on streaking tourists at the site and others engaging in criminal misconduct (including defacement, sabotage, etc.),  the daily, Correo, reported.

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COMMENT: Ricardo Ruíz, Cusco’s regional director for culture, said that twelve high-definition security cameras will be installed at the ancient ruins in order to enhance electronic surveillance of the treasured cultural legacy.

Ruíz said that his office also plans to sign an agreement with the Tourism Police in Cusco to prevent tourists from engaging in unlawful conduct. 

Government officials have been red-faced to explain why a number of foreign tourists have stripped down and posed for photos at Machu Picchu. Several of the tourists, including Americans, Canadians and Australians, were detained after being caught naked.

The Peruvians have not said what form of punishment the offenders have received, but they should have been booked, convicted and jailed for at least 30 days.

Machu Picchu is Peru’s top tourist attraction, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world every year.

The government has been preparing a new set of rules for visitors to the site, which will require all tourists to hire a certified guide and will set time limits at specific points in order to keep the traffic of visitors flowing.

As is often said, "it is the few that destroy all the the good that can be found in the world."