LPR gets recognition

2016-08-16 06:00

The licence plate recognition (LPR) camera system in the Sea Point precinct has been dubbed the largest in Cape Town.

Already operating on over 50 LPR and overview cameras, the network will increase by another half a dozen over the next six weeks, says LPR project manager Jacques Weber.

Chris Hobbis of LPR Solutions, the service provider for the network, says the increase will make the network the largest in their service area.

In June, the Sea Point Improvement District took over the management of LPR cameras in Mouille Point, which brought the number of cameras up to over 50 (“Merger ‘more effective’”, People’s Post, 21 June).

The LPR system monitors access routes into and leaving the precinct, recording the licence plates of vehicles travelling through the area, and immediately alerting law enforcement agencies should a vehicle linked to criminal activity enter the area.

The system is linked to over 20 other licence plate recognition networks across the city, which allows for the sharing of information. This means should a vehicle be involved in a crime in Fish Hoek, the camera system will pick it up when it enters Mouille Point.

Improvement District COO Heather Tager says the Sea Point LPR camera network has proved extremely successful in fighting crime, and it “only made sense” to merge both areas into one control room for better efficiency.

Some of the successes of the camera network include the arrest of thieves targeting cars, some of whom were caught red-handed counting money inside the vehicle (“Car thieves caught at work”, People’s Post, 19 January). Suspects in remote jamming cases have also been arrested through the network (“3 thieves nabbed in the blink of camera”, People’s Post, 28 July 2015).

The system has also flagged vehicles known to be linked to incidents of crime, including one linked to card skimming and ATM fraud cases reported in Parklands (“LPR system zooms in on thieves”, People’s Post, 6 October 2015).

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