City camera footprint

2019-05-09 06:00
JP Smith.

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The City of Cape Town has released statistics around Closed-circuit Television (CCTV) footage captured around Cape Town and its effectiveness in the curbing of criminal activities.

“Our CCTV system has become an important resource in crime prevention, crime detection and traffic management. The City’s Strategic Surveillance Unit (SSU) forms part of the Metro Police Department which oversees the procurement and installation of the technology.

“The SSU network is on average 85% to 90% operational which is the international benchmark for camera functionality,” said the Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith.

Between last December and February, CCTV cameras detected 4 211 incidents, of which 1 512 (36%) were crimes of a criminal nature.

During this period, 64 arrests were made on a range of charges, including breaking and entering, possession of drugs, driving under the influence and cable theft.

In the latest cable theft arrests, four suspects with over 400m of stolen cable were apprehended in two different incidents all because of the performance of the City’s vigilant camera operators.

“The CCTV system also provides valuable intelligence and data for investigations that are carried out by law enforcement agencies.

“It’s not just an efficient means of surveillance but also, if the need arises, a good source of forensic data,” said Smith.

There are 239 cameras in operation for freeway management, 713 for the integrated rapid transport system and 648 for the Metro Police strategic surveillance unit.

Smith adds, a pool of 120 CCTV operators have several responsibilities, ranging from operating and monitoring the surveillance screens, reporting incidents as evidence and of potentially contacting the police and emergency services as required.

The operators are trained in the use of the cameras for crime prevention and detection, traffic management, by-law infringements, fire detection and prevention and general area management.

“Most areas where there is a camera footprint have generally shown a lower level of crime although the City is the first to admit that more can and should be done.

“However, I should also point out that in the case of crime prevention, the City is the junior partner and that the police is the lead agency,” said Smith.

The City of Cape Town has released statistics around Closed-circuit Television (CCTV) footage captured around Cape Town and its effectiveness in the curbing of criminal activities.

“Our CCTV system has become an important resource in crime prevention, crime detection and traffic management. The City’s Strategic Surveillance Unit (SSU) forms part of the Metro Police Department which oversees the procurement and installation of the technology. The SSU network is on average 85% to 90% operational which is the international benchmark for camera functionality,” said the Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith.

Between last December and February, CCTV cameras detected 4 211 incidents, of which 1 512 (36%) were of a criminal nature.

During this period, 64 arrests were made on a range of charges, including breaking and entering, possession of drugs, driving under the influence and cable theft.

In the latest cable theft arrests, four suspects with over 400m of stolen cable were apprehended in two different incidents all because of the performance of the City’s vigilant camera operators.

“The CCTV system also provides valuable intelligence and data for investigations that are carried out by law enforcement agencies. It’s not just an efficient means of surveillance but also, if the need arises, a good source of forensic data,” said Smith.

There are 239 cameras in operation for freeway management, 713 for the integrated rapid transport system and 648 for the Metro Police strategic surveillance unit.

Smith adds, a pool of 120 CCTV operators have several responsibilities, ranging from operating and monitoring the surveillance screens, reporting incidents as evidence and of potentially contacting the police and emergency services as required.

The operators are trained in the use of the cameras for crime prevention and detection, traffic management, by-law infringements, fire detection and prevention and general area management.

“Most areas where there is a camera footprint have generally shown a lower level of crime although the City is the first to admit that more can and should be done. However, I should also point out that in the case of crime prevention, the City is the junior partner and that the police is the lead agency. We can support the police and communities with enforcement operations, but we cannot replace the job that the police is meant to do,” said Smith.

The City of Cape Town has released statistics around Closed-circuit Television (CCTV) footage captured around Cape Town and its effectiveness in the curbing of criminal activities.

“Our CCTV system has become an important resource in crime prevention, crime detection and traffic management. The City’s Strategic Surveillance Unit (SSU) forms part of the Metro Police Department which oversees the procurement and installation of the technology. The SSU network is on average 85% to 90% operational which is the international benchmark for camera functionality,” said the Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith.

Between last December and February, CCTV cameras detected 4 211 incidents, of which 1 512 (36%) were of a criminal nature.

During this period, 64 arrests were made on a range of charges, including breaking and entering, possession of drugs, driving under the influence and cable theft.

In the latest cable theft arrests, four suspects with over 400m of stolen cable were apprehended in two different incidents all because of the performance of the City’s vigilant camera operators.

“The CCTV system also provides valuable intelligence and data for investigations that are carried out by law enforcement agencies. It’s not just an efficient means of surveillance but also, if the need arises, a good source of forensic data,” said Smith.

There are 239 cameras in operation for freeway management, 713 for the integrated rapid transport system and 648 for the Metro Police strategic surveillance unit.

Smith adds, a pool of 120 CCTV operators have several responsibilities, ranging from operating and monitoring the surveillance screens, reporting incidents as evidence and of potentially contacting the police and emergency services as required.

The operators are trained in the use of the cameras for crime prevention and detection, traffic management, by-law infringements, fire detection and prevention and general area management.“Most areas where there is a camera footprint have generally shown a lower level of crime although the City is the first to admit that more can and should be done. However, I should also point out that in the case of crime prevention, the City is the junior partner and that the police is the lead agency,” said Smith.

The City of Cape Town has released statistics around Closed-circuit Television (CCTV) footage captured around Cape Town and its effectiveness in the curbing of criminal activities.

“Our CCTV system has become an important resource in crime prevention, crime detection and traffic management. The City’s Strategic Surveillance Unit (SSU) forms part of the Metro Police Department which oversees the procurement and installation of the technology. The SSU network is on average 85% to 90% operational which is the international benchmark for camera functionality,” said the Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith.

Between last December and February, CCTV cameras detected 4 211 incidents, of which 1 512 (36%) were of a criminal nature.

During this period, 64 arrests were made on a range of charges, including breaking and entering, possession of drugs, driving under the influence and cable theft.

In the latest cable theft arrests, four suspects with over 400m of stolen cable were apprehended in two different incidents all because of the performance of the City’s vigilant camera operators.

“The CCTV system also provides valuable intelligence and data for investigations that are carried out by law enforcement agencies. It’s not just an efficient means of surveillance but also, if the need arises, a good source of forensic data,” said Smith.

There are 239 cameras in operation for freeway management, 713 for the integrated rapid transport system and 648 for the Metro Police strategic surveillance unit.

Smith adds, a pool of 120 CCTV operators have several responsibilities, ranging from operating and monitoring the surveillance screens, reporting incidents as evidence and of potentially contacting the police and emergency services as required.

The operators are trained in the use of the cameras for crime prevention and detection, traffic management, by-law infringements, fire detection and prevention and general area management.

“Most areas where there is a camera footprint have generally shown a lower level of crime although the City is the first to admit that more can and should be done. However, I should also point out that in the case of crime prevention, the City is the junior partner and that the police is the lead agency. We can support the police and communities with enforcement operations, but we cannot replace the job that the police is meant to do,” said Smith.

The City of Cape Town has released statistics around Closed-circuit Television (CCTV) footage captured around Cape Town and its effectiveness in the curbing of criminal activities.

“Our CCTV system has become an important resource in crime prevention, crime detection and traffic management. The City’s Strategic Surveillance Unit (SSU) forms part of the Metro Police Department which oversees the procurement and installation of the technology. The SSU network is on average 85% to 90% operational which is the international benchmark for camera functionality,” said the Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith.

Between last December and February, CCTV cameras detected 4 211 incidents, of which 1 512 (36%) were of a criminal nature.

During this period, 64 arrests were made on a range of charges, including breaking and entering, possession of drugs, driving under the influence and cable theft.

In the latest cable theft arrests, four suspects with over 400m of stolen cable were apprehended in two different incidents all because of the performance of the City’s vigilant camera operators.

“The CCTV system also provides valuable intelligence and data for investigations that are carried out by law enforcement agencies. It’s not just an efficient means of surveillance but also, if the need arises, a good source of forensic data,” said Smith.

There are 239 cameras in operation for freeway management, 713 for the integrated rapid transport system and 648 for the Metro Police strategic surveillance unit.

Smith adds, a pool of 120 CCTV operators have several responsibilities, ranging from operating and monitoring the surveillance screens, reporting incidents as evidence and of potentially contacting the police and emergency services as required.

The operators are trained in the use of the cameras for crime prevention and detection, traffic management, by-law infringements, fire detection and prevention and general area management.

“Most areas where there is a camera footprint have generally shown a lower level of crime although the City is the first to admit that more can and should be done. However, I should also point out that in the case of crime prevention, the City is the junior partner and that the police is the lead agency. We can support the police and communities with enforcement operations, but we cannot replace the job that the police is meant to do,” said Smith.

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