Jhb CBD cameras become talkies

2012-07-21 13:29
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Johannesburg - The City of Johannesburg is looking into adding speakers to accompany the 237 CCTV cameras in the CBD, the Saturday Star reported.

According to the newspaper, the city believed this would alleviate crime as they would now be able to not only see but also warn off would-be criminals before they commit their crimes. The speakers would also be used to rebuke those who littered and urinated on the city streets.

Regional commander of Joburg CCTV, Richard Witte told the newspaper that several cameras already had the speakers installed.

"At this stage our service provider is just piloting the system and they are just testing the microphones," Witte was quoted as saying.

The system could possibly be presented to the council in the next few months.

Police officials claim crime levels have gone down since the R42m surveillance systems was put in place four years ago.

"We have seen a dramatic decline in crimes including serious ones like robberies. We have [also] seen criminals receive increased sentences as a result of being repeatedly caught," Witte told the newspaper.

Security experts however are not convinced that this new system will make much of a difference,

"The downside is that criminals usually will target places not covered by the cameras," Dr John Burger of the Institute of Security Studies was quoted saying.

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