CCTV on Han River Helps Save Suicides

      February 23, 2015 09:11

      The number of people trying to jump to their deaths in the Han River in Seoul is increasing, but the number of fatalities has fallen thanks to constant CCTV monitoring.

      The Seoul Metropolitan Government said the number of people attempting to leap to their deaths from the 25 bridges across the Han River more than doubled from 193 in 2010 to 396 in 2014, but the number of deaths dropped from 87 to 11 over the same period.

      The decline is largely due to CCTV monitoring on Mapo and Seogang bridges that started in 2012. The two bridges are a particular draw for the suicidal.

      The proportion of suicidal people whose lives were saved hovered at around 55 percent from 2010 to 2012, but surged to 95 percent in 2013 and 97.2 percent in 2014.

      Seoul city also plans to install CCTVs on more bridges by 2018.

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