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2017-04-11 06:00

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The Muizenberg Community Safety Initiative (MCSI) is looking to beef up security by expanding its camera ­network.

The MCSI currently manages a network of 10 cameras, which were donated by the Muizenberg Improvement District (MID), explains MCSI chairperson Trevor Snyders.

Of these, four are currently in use and monitored by MID security providers, Grit Security.

“Additionally, Grit Security has its own camera network, divided into private and public spaces, giving Muizenberg fairly decent camera coverage,” Snyders says.

Steps have been taken to upgrade the network, says Snyders, with the server replaced by using funds donated to the MCSI, and many of the cameras and links repaired.

“It is envisaged that the camera network be extended to cover the entire MCSI area, including Marine Estate, with monitoring being performed by vetted MCSI members and by the various security providers. The end game will be to link up to the various surrounding neighbourhood watches, and then link to the City of Cape Town network,” says Synders.

“This would allow remote monitoring, mobile monitoring, coverage of all hotspots in the area, and tracking through the area of suspicious or criminal behaviour.”

However, the organisation still has a way to go and needs funding, Synders adds.

“In addition, all cameras in public spaces need to be registered with the City to fit in with its future expansion programme.”

The MCSI is also looking at adding licence plate recognition (LPR) cameras to the ­network.

The cameras record the licence plates of vehicles travelling through the area, immediately alerting law enforcement agencies should a car linked to criminal activity enter the area. The LPR system is also linked to surrounding suburbs and should a vehicle be involved in a crime in another area, the camera system will pick it up when it enters Muizenberg.

“[This would allow for the] monitoring of vehicles at various points in Muizenberg, early warning of suspicious vehicles coming into the area, alerts from other neighbourhood watches, and a general sharing of information with the various security providers – including the police and Law Enforcement,” he says.

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