Cameras on for cars

2015-08-18 06:00

The first licence plate recognition (LPR) cameras for Bantry Bay have been installed and are expected to be used within the next fortnight.

The cameras record the licence plates of vehicles travelling through the area, immediately alerting law enforcement agencies should a vehicle linked to criminal activity be identified.

The cameras have been installed in several neighbouring suburbs and act as an addition to the existing system of CCTV cameras.

The LPR cameras, which are monitored by the Sea Point Improvement District, provide a means to spot crime in real time and to identify the perpetrators and their vehicles.

The cameras are able to zoom in on the vehicle, making details on the car and the faces of the driver and passenger visible.

The system, already serving Camps Bay, Devil’s Peak, Tamboerskloof and Constantia, also allow crime-fighting organisations to track syndicates and attacks on ATMs, home break-ins, bank robberies and break-ins at businesses.

Vehicles can be tracked through the network and the perpetrators can be arrested when entering another area with LPR cameras. The cameras will monitor another entry point to Green Point and Sea Point, explains project coordinator Jacques Weber.

“We have also installed another camera within the Green Point area to assist our current installation within that area,” he says.

The installation was made possible by an allocation from the ward allocation and funding from the Sea Point Improvement District.

“There have been multiple arrests for various crimes executed directly due to the LPR camera project. The system has allowed us to tackle crime within our area and ultimately make the area safer for everyone,” Weber says.

There are currently 26 LPR and overview cameras running, making the project a hair’s breadth away from the initial target, says Weber. However, the project has now expanded.

“When we started the project we wanted to install 27 in total to close off the entire area. However, as the project has evolved we have added new spots onto the list due to certain crime patterns or issues within that area. We will require a further 16 cameras to close off the entire area at this stage.”

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