‘Invisible’ bus stop gets lit up

2015-11-10 06:00
A section where the CCTV camera will be installed to make the area safe.PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

A section where the CCTV camera will be installed to make the area safe.PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Work is in progress to have a camera installed at the Claremont interchange on Stadium on Main.

The installation work has started and it is anticipated that the CCTV system will be operational by the beginning of December – that’s if the City receives approval for routing the cabling through the adjacent building.

The area is a stop for Jammie shuttles used by University of Cape Town students and a bus stop, so having a camera there would enhance commuters’ safety.

The security upgrade is a welcome addition since the stop is isolated and its visibility to the main road is limited. The current cameras covering the Claremont public transport interchange (PTI) do not have an adequate view of this area.

This camera is an addition to the cameras that are already operating in the area.

MonitoringThe CCTV camera will allow security guards to respond swiftly to any incidents that occur around the interchange.

The installation is being made possible through the partnership of the Claremont Improvement District Company (CIDC), the property owner where the camera will be installed and the City of Cape Town. The City’s transport authority is funding the installation that will cost about R142 000.

The camera feeds into a monitoring station. Guards on patrol will be alerted to any suspicious behaviour by the monitors.

Abdul Kerbelker, CIDC executive manager, says the camera will enhance security ability in the area.

“We have to be a step ahead when it comes to safety,” he says.

“The area is a safe place, but because it’s busy and a sporting area, it attracts a lot of people, so we have to improve safety regularly. This camera will be adding to the cameras that are already there in the area to make that area safer.”

AppreciationMufaro Kasipo, a UCT student, says he really appreciates all the measures that are being taken to make the area safe.

“It really gets quiet at times and criminals can use that opportunity to commit crime. I’m really happy that there will be a camera installed here; it will make us feel even safer. At times when you get to the stop, you’re the only one, but when you know there is a camera, it eases your worry knowing you’re safe,” she says.

Apart from the camera that will be installed the CIDC has been doing some other things to make the spot safer.

In 2013 it installed lights there as it was very dark at night, especially in winter.

Last year it had the street lines painted to improve road markings.

After the camera is up the CIDC will be looking into installing seats for commuters who are waiting for the shuttles.

“After that we will be looking into the bus stop seating. It has to be designed in a way that it won’t be used as a bed by the homeless but for its purpose. This is to improve the area and make it more accessible and safe for everyone who is here,” says Kerbelker.

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