Thu. Jul 18th, 2019

Cape Town public transport to get security cameras, City confirms

Carte Blanche armed robberySafety first, says the City of Cape Town.

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The City of Cape Town has offered some relief to motorists with the recent announcement that the city’s public transport would be fitted with security cameras.

As reported by Cape Talk, this is the City’s response to cries over safety amid the scourge of crime that’s encapsulated the Mother City.

City of Cape Town installs security cameras

According to the City’s MMC for transportation, Felicity Purchase, the cameras will be installed throughout the city, at train and MyCiti bus transit stations.

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“This is an ongoing rollout that we are doing on all our Public Transport Interchanges (PTIs) to provide security for our commuters as well as monitor activities on our taxi ranks,” Purchase said.

Where will the security cameras be installed?

The first batch, Purchase explained, would be rolled out in the following areas:

  • Claremont
  • Wynberg
  • Cape Town station deck
  • Mitchell’s Plan
  • Khayelitsha
  • Bellville

Furthermore, the live feed from the footage will be monitored by officials in the Transport Incident Command Centre, where communication on captured criminal activity will be filtered through to law enforcement,

DA-led government prioritising safety

This is an effort to not only curb crime, but to increase law enforcement’s response-time.

“The mayor is taking a strong stand around safety being the theme and we must get control of all these places to make residents feel safe,” Purchase added.

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The pilot project was recently launched in Johannesburg, on Vilakazi Street, two years ago.

The DA-led provincial government installed 15 CCTV cameras on the iconic street to address the issue of crime in the area.

“There are certain things we can control and crime is one of them. For me to say that we not going to have crime in the street, I’d be lying,” the DA’s Herman Mashaba noted at the unveiling of the safety project in July 2017.

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