Merger ‘more effective’

2016-06-21 06:00

Mouille Point and Sea Point are standing together to fight crime.

This as the Sea Point Improvement District takes over the management of licence plate recognition (LPR) cameras in Mouille Point this month.

In 2014 Mouille Point residents installed an LPR system to monitor all access routes into and leaving the suburb, 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 Mouille Point Ratepayers’ Association forked the bill for the system, which cost R500 000, the association’s then ex-co member Richard Marshall previously told People’s Post (“Zooming in on crime”, 29 May 2014).

The cameras are able to zoom in on the vehicle, making visible details on the car and the faces of the driver and passenger.

The system is linked to over 20 other licence plate recognition networks across the city, which allows for the sharing of information.

The infrastructure has been designed to share information and work hand in hand with the various systems around the various neighbourhoods.

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 CEO Heather Tager says the Sea Point LPR camera network has proved extremely successful in fighting crime.

“It only made sense to merge both areas into one control room to ensure an effective approach to crime fighting through the LPR camera system,” she says.

The merger will lead to a more integrated network enabling central output with a quicker response, Tager says.

“By having one control room handling all LPR matters for the Atlantic Seaboard (Green Point to Bantry Bay area) it will ensure the highest level of security for the entire area. It will also allow for a quicker response to the handling of LPR incidents.”

The system is now made up of a mix of both LPR and overview cameras, bringing the total number of cameras up to 55, Tager says.

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