WITH business robberies on the increase in Kloof and surrounding areas, the community needed to find a solution to combat the problem.
According to Corne Broodryk, the Kloof Community Police Forum chairperson, there have been about 27 business robberies and over 30 vehicles stolen from business premises in the area.
“There have also been over 120 business mall robberies in the province and we need to tackle this problem head on.
“With the help of many roleplayers in the area, the Kloof CPF has launched Pro Active Projects, which has initiated a number plate recognition system around the Kloof CBD.”
He said that this technology will help in identifying stolen cars, some of which are used in committing crimes.
“More often than not, when a vehicle is hijacked, stolen or involved in a robbery, the number plates are reused and with the number plate recognition system, the cameras can pick up and identity the vehicle as soon as it enters the area.”
Corne said that the CPF has a large data base and with the help of Snipr, the company that will manage the database, as well as Tech 5 which will provide the fiber and linkages to the cameras, he is confident that the project will help reduce crime.
“We will have a central data base that will capture all the information or streaming from our camera.
“This will then be analysed and immediately given to the relevant departments, which will enable us or the police to respond immediately.”
Nikki Mohlmann, the project co-ordinator of the Kloof CPF, said that they now have two functional cameras and are looking at having five cameras at the entrances to Kloof CBD by the end of July.
“Eventually, will like this project to roll out throughout the entire Kloof area and link all our cameras to the SAPS systems, which will grow our data base as well.” Mohlmann said that with this project they are looking to make Kloof the safest place to live in.
“These cameras have already proved themselves as with a number of positive arrests already.”
She thanked Urban Real Estates for financially backing the project and appealed to other businesses to come on board and support the project.
“With the help and support of the community and business in the area, this project will be a tremendous success,” she added.
For more information or to assist, contact Broodryk at 083 659 4995 or firstname.lastname@example.org