LPR network expands

2016-09-27 06:00

The licence plate recognition (LPR) camera network is growing to over 60 cameras, with the most recent roll-out focussing on securing Green Point streets.

In the most recent upgrade we are covering a further two locations within Green Point.

The cameras record the licence plates of vehicles travelling through the area, immediately alerting law enforcement agencies should a vehicle linked to criminal activity enter the area. The cameras are able to zoom in on the vehicle, making details on the car and the faces of the driver and passenger visible.

The system is also linked to surrounding suburbs of Camps Bay, Devil’s Peak and Tamboerskloof. This means should a vehicle be involved in a crime in Tamboerskloof, the camera system will pick it up when it enters the Sea Point precinct.

LPR project manager Jacques Weber says when the LPR camera project was launched almost two years ago, a strategic list of installations – which was based on network allowances, key problem areas and financial income through donations – was followed.

“We recently received a large donation which has made it possible to complete various new installations. Since the start of the project, LPR technology has improved immensely, which has enabled us to use less cameras per site but increase the coverage area,” he explains.

Installations in Green Point are part of the plan to have the entire precinct equally covered, he says.

“The ultimate goal is to close off all entry points within the area and no single area is prioritised over another. It is equally important to ensure all entry points are covered.”

During the initial roll-out of the cameras in the precinct, Green Point residents raised concerns that they had not been consulted, with the Green Point Neighbourhood Watch saying they had planned to roll out a similar system (“Not all are clued up on big picture”, People’s Post, 8 May 2014).

The residents raised concerns over the fundraising model, but Sea Point Community Policing Forum (CPF) chairperson Heather Tager explained funds would be raised for the system as a whole and cameras rolled out through the precinct.

At the time, Tager said the Sea Point City Improvement District and the Sea Point CPF would be rolling out the project to the entire Sea Point precinct, which includes Green Point. She also stressed the roll-out of the project hinged on funding.

The first site has already been activated, says Weber, and the second should be up and running in the next four weeks.

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