Street Surveillance Cameras

2008-05-15 00:00

The street surveillance project was launched as Safe City in 2001. The project started with 16 cameras in 2002 and over the years have grown this number to 58 including one moveable camera.

There are cameras in the following areas:

• Alan Paton Drive in Scottsville

• Northdale / Raisethorpe

• Edendale

• CBD bordered by Victoria and Prince Alfred streets and from East to West streets

The success of the project depends on four key aspects:

• having the cameras in the correct places

• having the right people in the control room

• following the correct procedures in the control room

• an integrated approach

Crime density maps, generated using crime statistics, determine the position of the cameras. The control room is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The operators are experienced in CCTV surveillance skills and are registered with PSIRA. All of the recorded footage is kept in a secure environment and the surveillance company certified as well as being registered with PSIRA.

While the significant decrease in crime in the city can be attributed to the project, it is unrealistic to expect that camera system to bring about a zero crime rate. Wherever there is a high density of people, there is a greater opportunity for crime. While cameras do make a difference, overcrowding, hawkers and trees all impact on our ability to observe what is happening in the city. Operator alertness and the response time of the SAPS are of the utmost importance to achieving success.

To date, no criminal case emanating from the surveillance system has been lost in court.

See the Safe City flyers listed below - click on the image to download.

Click on the image below to download the Safe City information flyer.

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