Cape Town set to spend R12m on more CCTV cameras

Cape Town – The City of Cape Town’s CCTV cameras are stopping smash and grabbers in their tracks, and more are on the way, the City has said.

The City’s mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith, said Cape Town’s Strategic Surveillance Unit was set to install additional CCTV cameras to the tune of nearly R12m in the new financial year.

An amount of R7.4m has been set aside for 10 new cameras in Goodwood, Silvertown, Bridgetown and Gatesville, he said.

Ward councillors have also made R4.45m available for cameras in their respective areas.

The unit was also in the process of retrofitting existing cameras with automatic number plate recognition capability, and plans were being finalised for the upgrade of the City’s fibre network system, he said.

In the first four months of this year, the 440 CCTV camera network detected 3 313 incidents including accidents, crime, fires, etc. A total of 108 arrests were made during this period, Smith said.

He made an example of an attempted smash-and-grab suspect arrested on Monday, June 13, after he was spotted on the corner of Jakes Gerwel Drive and Jakkalsvlei Road in Bonteheuwel.

The suspected was arrested minutes after the incident.

“There is, however, still room for improvement. The response doesn’t always match the real-time events because resources are thinly spread. That being said, we are making progress and those with criminal intent are warned: you could be the next to be caught in the act,” Smith said.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Rand - Dollar
15.33
+1.3%
Rand - Pound
20.89
+1.0%
Rand - Euro
17.39
+1.1%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.07
+0.8%
Rand - Yen
0.13
+1.2%
Gold
1,823.24
+0.5%
Silver
23.80
+1.4%
Palladium
1,955.50
+2.7%
Platinum
1,015.00
+3.0%
Brent Crude
87.51
+1.2%
Top 40
69,255
+1.4%
All Share
75,918
+1.3%
Resource 10
76,299
+2.4%
Industrial 25
95,507
+1.3%
Financial 15
15,239
-0.6%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE