Cameras to promote public safety in Gugs

2015-09-10 06:00
City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith, Councillor Mzwakhe Nqavashe and other officials are happy for the installation of additional surveillance CCTV cameras in, Gugulethu.

City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith, Councillor Mzwakhe Nqavashe and other officials are happy for the installation of additional surveillance CCTV cameras in, Gugulethu.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

A ward allocation project has seen the installation of additional surveillance cameras in Gugulethu, increasing the City’s CCTV network to 398 cameras.

The City of Cape Town is continually expanding its closed-circuit television (CCTV) network through funding from the Safety and Security Directorate’s budget, but also through funds allocated from the budgets of ward councillors.

In one of the latest ward allocation projects, Councillor Mzwakhe Nqavashe allocated funds for two additional cameras in Gugulethu, taking the overall tally in the area to 11. The cameras went live in July 2015.

At the launch of the cameras at the Transport Management Centre in Goodwood today (where the Metro Police Department’s Strategic Surveillance Unit is housed), Councillor Nqavashe and several ward committee members were shown what the new cameras observe and were given a chance to control the cameras themselves. They were also shown footage of incidents captured by the cameras in Gugulethu, including a vehicle accident involving a minibus-taxi skidding into a private vehicle on a wet road.

Residents have reported that they have already observed a drop in the number of criminal incidents in areas where the CCTV cameras have been rolled out.

Between January 2014 and August 2015, the City’s Strategic Surveillance Unit detected 577 incidents via the cameras in Gugulethu. Of these, there were 161 incidents of a criminal nature including robbery and assault, 102 suspected drug offences, 116 fires and 104 traffic incidents including accidents and defective traffic lights. Nine arrests were made.

‘More than 50% of the incidents were detected over weekends. We can therefore reasonably assume a link between alcohol abuse and the spike in the number of incidents. This gives us an indication of where to focus resources like community policing as well as the kind of public engagement we need to make Gugulethu safer,’ said Councillor Nqavashe.

City-wide, the Strategic Surveillance Unit keeps an eye on feeds from 398 CCTV cameras. Between April and June 2015, the unit detected 3 189 incidents – 768 were of a criminal nature, resulting in 113 arrests

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.