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2018-04-24 06:00
The first camera has been installed on the corner of Spine Road and Seafere Street.PHOTO: Samantha Lee

The first camera has been installed on the corner of Spine Road and Seafere Street.PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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The next five years will see the installation of several additional cameras in the Strandfontein area.

This follows the recent installation of a CCTV camera in Spine Road earlier this month. The R300 000 project was funded through ward allocation. Ward councillor, Elton Jansen, says the project aims to address crime and create a safer precinct.

“Crime is a major issue in all our communities, including ward 43, Strandfontein. With consultation with law enforcement agencies such as Metro Police, the local police, the Community Policing Forum (CPF) and neighbourhood watches, it was and still is important to strengthen their hand in their quest to fight crime,” says Jansen.

The need for such cameras was raised at various safety meetings and funding was allocated in the 2017/2018 budget.

Sandy Schuter, CPF chairperson says they are happy to have the assistance and have been asking for cameras for a while.

She also recalls the meeting where the camera’s were discussed and looks forward to the assistance the cameras will bring in fighting crime in the area.

The feed will be manned at the Goodwood Control Centre.

“The camera is at the entrance of Strandfontein and we were informed that there will be more cameras,” says Schuter.

This forms part of a five-year roll-out project, says Jansen.

“The first has already been installed at the Bayview/San Remo entrance – this was funded from the 2017/2018 financial year’s ward allocation. The next camera will also cover the Strandfontein Sports Complex. There is only a CCTV camera installed, but it will be complemented with licence plate recognition cameras,” says Jansen.

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