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2017-12-12 06:00
The Sea Point Improvement District has introduced a 24-hour mobile patrol unit which is fitted with LPR technology.

The Sea Point Improvement District has introduced a 24-hour mobile patrol unit which is fitted with LPR technology.

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Launched with only three cameras, the Sea Point City Improvement District (CID) and Sea Point Community Policing Forum’s (CPF) licence-plate recognition (LPR) camera system has grown into one of the largest networks across Cape Town. And now, the system is improving even further and embracing new mobile technology.

Around two and half years ago, the improvement district and CPF embarked on a campaign to raise funds to install LPR cameras across the Atlantic Seaboard. The system now has over 80 cameras installed. The Sea Point LPR control room also monitors the Mouille Point LPR cameras, as well as the newly installed Green Point Improvement District LPR camera network.

“Since its inception the system has been responsible for multiple arrests within our area and through information sharing in other areas which are all linked via the LPR user group network,” explains the improvement district’s chief operations officer Heather Tager.

Last week the Sea Point LPR project was “taken to the next level” by the introduction of a 24-hour mobile patrol unit which is fitted with LPR technology, she explains.

“This will function in the same manner as a static camera, but as the vehicle patrols the area it will be scanning all vehicles within the vicinity, which includes parked vehicles, which will automatically synchronise with the LPR control room,” she says.

The patrol van and technology have been funded by the improvement district and will be a first for the Atlantic Seaboard, she adds.

“The system is mainly funded by the improvement district and community donations and therefore every donation will assist in growing and maintaining this project. All funds raised are used solely for the installation, repair and maintenance of the equipment. All other related costs are either sponsored by key roleplayers on a monthly basis, such as Vanilla Internet Services and Southeby’s International Sea Point, and by the CID operational budget,” she says.

“I encourage all residents who benefit from the system and are able to make a financial contribution, to please do so, and encourage others to do so too, and assist us in making the Atlantic Seaboard safer for all.”

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