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.

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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

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