LETTER: Why not towers and drones?

2015-11-24 06:00

Why are there no observation towers built at the highest points in the Cape’s fire zones, like they do in America, that are manned and have radio communication systems installed? A cellphone here would probably be just as efficient.

Is Nature Conservation short-staffed or what is the problem?

From the highest point of these towers a large area can be sighted, and the necessary firefighters can be alerted – not only in risky fire areas, but in the suburbs as well.

Towers can be built bordering or near these areas, and can also be used successfully in combating crime in suburban areas, cutting the cost of using helicopters and light aircraft for this purpose.

The Mountain Men have had a lot of success by using this method, but what about the crime in the residental areas?

At night a strong searchlight can be made use of as well, and also take into regard the use of night-vision binoculars.

Police vehicles can also be stationed at these towers, and respond much quicker to where the crime is being committed, while other police vehicles do general patrol and attend to less problematic complaints.

Drones can be just as effective in residential and fire risk areas.

I have posted my idea on various farmer groups as well, introducing the drone model aircraft which can cover a fairly large area, and pick up any untoward activities taking place.

This may seem extreme to some, but it can offer a solution to both problems.

Andre Martinaglia, Kenilworth

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