Jhb CBD cameras become talkies

2012-07-21 13:29

Johannesburg - The City of Johannesburg is looking into adding speakers to accompany the 237 CCTV cameras in the CBD, the Saturday Star reported.

According to the newspaper, the city believed this would alleviate crime as they would now be able to not only see but also warn off would-be criminals before they commit their crimes. The speakers would also be used to rebuke those who littered and urinated on the city streets.

Regional commander of Joburg CCTV, Richard Witte told the newspaper that several cameras already had the speakers installed.

"At this stage our service provider is just piloting the system and they are just testing the microphones," Witte was quoted as saying.

The system could possibly be presented to the council in the next few months.

Police officials claim crime levels have gone down since the R42m surveillance systems was put in place four years ago.

"We have seen a dramatic decline in crimes including serious ones like robberies. We have [also] seen criminals receive increased sentences as a result of being repeatedly caught," Witte told the newspaper.

Security experts however are not convinced that this new system will make much of a difference,

"The downside is that criminals usually will target places not covered by the cameras," Dr John Burger of the Institute of Security Studies was quoted saying.

  • rbphiri - 2012-07-21 13:38

    Criminals never listen, to some extent this may not work, but in any case it sounds like a good iniative.

      sharon.a.marks.9 - 2012-07-21 17:43

      the speakers will be stolen and used in the taxis

      michael.bushes - 2012-07-21 23:35

      Put one of these inside Malema ,and his buddy, Showerhead's house

      john.barbarian.9 - 2012-07-22 07:55

      Hahaha....Imagine robbery in progres and speaker voice out as " Sugga !!! " Banana Republic. I bet they will play over the speakers " Viva ANC, Viva"

  • tshifhiwa.kt - 2012-07-21 13:53

    and u gone say the Govt isnt doing NOTHING after all.

      alansmartSnr - 2012-07-21 16:56

      ...@ tshifhiwa.kt Yes.. the Govt is not doing anything at all.. of course if there is not a kick back. Just wonder how much of a kickback came for that R42 million Rand .. and now for the speaker system. Some fat cat in Government has pocketed a few million. Thats how they work on any contract.

  • andrew.mckenzie.566 - 2012-07-21 13:56

    What a laugh!

  • LSokhaba - 2012-07-21 13:57

    Another positive this weekend.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-21 13:58

    Big brother is watching!This is a start but a drop in the ocean! Just think how many of these could have been put up on e toll money!

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-21 14:00

    False sense of security! Crime is like a water bed. You put pressure on one side and it just increases on the other. This would mean criminals moving towards softer targets in the suburbs - just as they are doing.

  • - 2012-07-21 14:20

    They can hire me to talk like: 'Hey you old bald man, why are you urinating there using a child's thing?' I think it will discourage a lot of male street urinaters from even considering opening their flies!

      rbphiri - 2012-07-21 18:13 - you can't even spell teddy bear, u are discouraging us from education..

  • Tawizee - 2012-07-21 14:23

    Criminals can't hear english. So which language will they use. Maybe sign language ;>

      meshvic - 2012-07-21 14:32

      lol; audible sign language

      tony.kirby1 - 2012-07-21 14:33

      To see if he understands you, just use a rascial term at the beginning of the talking. Hey *&*&*&*&* please don't urinate on the ladies foot in public.

      tony.kirby1 - 2012-07-21 14:35

      please note the previous post is very much tongue in cheek. So please dont be offended anybody.

      ako.gutshwa.7 - 2012-07-21 15:08

      I think tsotsie taal will be more appropriate

  • Jacques - 2012-07-21 14:32

    Haha! *walking down the street, unzips pants* (airport announcement jingle) moenie teen die lamppaal pis nie, jongman! #awkward.

      shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-21 14:39


      Corical - 2012-07-22 10:44


  • kathleen.whiteley.7 - 2012-07-21 14:44

    Remove the word "off" from "warn off" and there you have it.

  • phae.rayden - 2012-07-21 15:28

    And people still doubt we share common ancestors with apes? Are we this dof that we have to have 'trainers' watching us and barking instructions to make sure we behave. What a pitiful species we can be.

  • manu.dibango.96 - 2012-07-21 17:06

    What worries me about this culture of monitoring is that it cultivates the idea that the law only applies or is enforceable when somebody is watching.

  • michael.bushes - 2012-07-21 23:37

    Great news So the cops now not only have the ability to watch crime happening while eating chicken, they now also will have the capability to announce to the city that a crime has taken place. When will they actually drop the kentucky nuggets and FIGHT crime.

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