Caught in the act: crime cameras help in 242 arrests

2009-01-18 00:00

THE Pietermaritzburg Safe City project released statistics from its footage in 2008, leading to 242 arrests from the 2 351 incidents detected on camera.

Two murders and two attempted murder incidents were also recorded on camera. Other incidents include 44 assaults, 97 robberies, 26 incidents of the possession of suspected stolen goods, 21 incidents of theft out of motor vehicles and 25 burglaries from businesses.

Safe City general manager Lucas Holtzhausen said he compiled the statistics for the 2008 year to show the progress and the effect of the CCTV technology in fighting crime. “This shows that ratepayer’s money is being put to good use.”

He also released figures for the week between January 6 and 12, 2009. Out of the 60 incidents detected on camera there were seven arrests, including one for possession of dagga.

These incidents were detected in the CBD and the surrounding areas by 69 CCTV cameras.

A total of 59 CCTV cameras are watching over the PMB CBD and surrounds. In the CBD alone 52 cameras have been positioned. Others are in Edendale, Scottsville and Mountain Rise. There is also a roving mobile camera.

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