Pretoria suburbs get security cameras

2012-04-16 10:12
Pretoria - One of Pretoria’s wealthiest suburbs will be covered by surveillance cameras in the first phase of a multimillion rand security plan.

Waterkloof is home to several high-profile residents, including one of the president’s wives - Nompumelelo MaNtuli - as well as the ministers of police and sports and recreation, The Times reported.

The area has been targeted by criminals, with over 114 burglaries and 889 cases of car theft being reported over a one-year period.

While Waterkloof will be first to get their surveillance cameras, security company ADT also intends erecting 40 surveillance cameras in other areas such as Monument Park West, Garsfontein and Moreleta Park.

The cameras will be backed up by 24-hour surveillance and linked to the police’s stolen-vehicle database.

In order to tackle the rising crime rates, worried residents in some Pretoria suburbs have organised themselves into community patrols with radio communication.

This is said to have cut crime by half.

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