Camera on gardens

2015-11-03 06:00

Security in the Company’s Gardens has received a boost after the City of Cape Town installed CCTV cameras and additional lighting.

The project is in partnership with the Central City Improvement District (CCID).

CCTV cameras have been installed in the area, with four situated inside the gardens and four situated along Government Avenue, which is used as a popular pedestrian walkway until late at night.

These cameras are linked to the City’s own CCTV network via the Cyclops control room.

Additional street lamps have been installed in the Paddocks – the grassed area above the art gallery and opposite the mu­seum – which has now become much safer at night.

More lights have been installed along Government Avenue and the public lighting section in the City’s electricity services department ensures that the lamps are in good working order.

This is in addition to the existing lighting, which has been welcomed, especially during dark winter mornings and evenings.

There are currently plans in place to install even more lighting in the gardens as part of the ongoing efforts to create a safe and secure environment for visitors.

The City parks department has employed private security guards to patrol the Company’s Garden on a daily basis, both during the day and at night.

To beef up the number of security guards on patrol, CCID security personnel also patrol Government Avenue. The high presence of security staff has helped to deter crime and the well-informed guards also assist tourists with route and general information.

The manager for safety and security at the CCID, Muneeb Hendricks, says the revitalisation of the restaurant area in the Company’s Garden is also enticing increasing numbers of people to visit this city centre asset.

“This results in the space being more populated, increasingly eliminating the opportunity for would-be criminals to commit crime,” he says.

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