Crime doesn’t pay on camera

2017-05-30 06:00

The Sea Point Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) system has put suspects behind bars less than 18 hours after the crime.

On Friday the cameras spotted a wanted car involved in a house burglary in Sea Point which had been reported during the night by the Avenue Response Team.

LPR project manager Jacques Weber was at a meeting a few hundred metres away from where the camera had detected the wanted car. Weber and Daniel Morris, of the Watch Tower Group security company, immediately headed to the Main Road and spotted the car driving past.

Local police, the LPR response team and officers of the Sea Point Improvement District had already begun to send vehicles to the location of the alert. Weber, who was following the car, updated them on the location. The car was pulled over on Main Road and the suspect was arrested by Constable Heinrigh Pretorius. “Pretorius must be commended for his incredible response time of just under three minutes once notified of the activation,” Weber says.

Heather Tager, chairperson of the Sea Point Community Policing Forum, adds: “It is absolutely brilliant to see the number of successes that are being achieved via the LPR camera system. There are a group of volunteers from the various networks who ensure that all info is shared and they must be commended for their outstanding work.”

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