CCTV cameras help Cape Town in the prevention of crimes

The City of Cape Town is using a network of 1 600 close- circuit television (CCTV) cameras in a bid to prevent and detect crime, as well as monitor other incidents. The network is one of the largest of its kind in Africa.

Between December 2018 and February 2019, the city’s CCTV cameras detected 4 211 incidents, of which 36% were of a criminal nature, the City of Cape Town said at a briefing on Tuesday.

During this time, 64 people were arrested on a range of charges, including possession of drugs, breaking in to properties, driving under the influence of alcohol and cabletheft. In the latest cable theft arrests, four suspects with over 400 m of stolen cable were apprehended in two different incidents.

“Our CCTV system has become an important resource in crime prevention, crime detection and traffic management.

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