911 watches over you

2019-02-20 06:01
photo: suppliedThe newly-installed License Plate Recognition system in action.

photo: suppliedThe newly-installed License Plate Recognition system in action.

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“IS it the latest technology in speed monitoring? Are the cameras with ‘big brother’ watching? Is this a new form of security observation?”

These are some of the questions being asked by observant Greytown residents who have noticed the gantries recently erected at strategic positions on access roads leading to Greytown.

The Greytown Golf 911 board is delighted to have initiated the newly-installed Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) system on all access roads to Greytown as an added arrow in the quiver of preventative security measures that protect the lives and property of all citizens.

The overhead cameras mounted on the steel gantries monitor the movement of all vehicles in and out of the town. This information is recorded, stored and linked to a national database thereby creating a country-wide network of information that has proved vital to the tracking and apprehension of criminal elements by the relevant authorities.

The LPR system is proven to be highly effective in the recovery of reported stolen vehicles, the tracking of suspicious vehicles, apprehension of criminal elements, and identification of cloned number plates to mention but a few of the attributes of this system.

It acts as an invaluable deterrent and preventative measure in that it registers and records the details of all vehicular traffic on each of the roads accessing Greytown. Once a suspicious vehicle has been identified by the system, the Golf 911 control room will alert the relevant authorities; such as the SAPS, RTI, and private security companies; who will take appropriate action.

Although the acquisition of the Licence Plate Recognition system was initiated by Golf 911, the project was largely funded by donations from the community, Umvoti Agricultural Society, contributions from Organised Agriculture via Agri SA, and funds raised from the annual Golf 911 Fishing Competition.

Chairperson of the Golf 911 committee Ian Hill said: “Although the LPR system has been funded largely through the generous contributions of community members and the agricultural sector, it is wholly inclusive in that it acts as a preventative security measure to the benefit of all citizens of Greytown.”

— Supplied.

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