Cameras to keep eye on crime

2018-12-11 06:01
Neighbourhood watches in the area which is encompassed by subcouncil 18 recently received certificates for training as first responders to accident scenes.

Neighbourhood watches in the area which is encompassed by subcouncil 18 recently received certificates for training as first responders to accident scenes.

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A new wave of cameras has been let loose on the streets.

Three of the six wards in subcouncil 18, namely wards 65, 66 and 67, have all had CCTV cameras installed across various sectors in the community, with a central operating control room situated at an undisclosed site.

The unveiling took place recently, and two weeks in, subcouncil chairperson Shanen Rossouw is already noticing an upward trend in uncovering the perpetrators of crime in the area.

“People are seeing the benefit, because police are coming forward to ask for footage to use in court and we now see the impact of the implementation of this. Our vision as councillors is that we want to flood our wards with cameras. It must interlink the entrances of all the wards in the subcouncil. This is something you can’t do ward based. You have to do it as a subcouncil, all six wards together, where we can cover the entrances. We are working on that – it is a slow process, but we are getting there,” says Rossouw.

The neighbourhoods in the coverage areas have been equipped with new equipment to complement the camera systems, while extra training is also being provided­.

“Neighbourhood watches are taking ownership and there is a roster for them to monitor activity in the operational control room. Because there is a basket of everything which entails safety, we had (first aid) training for our neighbourhood watches. If there is an accident, they are the front runners, because we equip them now already to be able to assist in any way,” Rossouw adds.

However, the process will take some time as only 25 people can be accommodated at any one time. Provisional plans will see a different group being taken for training every Saturday in the new year.

“No use us standing there at the accident scene, patrolling and doing what you are supposed to do, but you can’t really assist because you need to wait for the ambulance to come, which could be hours. We are equipping the NHWs now so that they can train the other members of our neighbourhood watches,” Rossouw says.

She urges the wider community to remain vigilant and keep safety at the forefront of their thoughts this festive season.

“Make 100% sure you lock your premises, especially our seniors. They need to have the colonel’s number if anything happens or even the neighbourhood watch’s number so that they can be assisted in whichever way, especially in Grassy Park. I think it is important that we need to flood our wards with cameras. It is not going to deter the crime, but at least we will get to know who is the perpetrator at the end of the day.”

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