Another satellite CCTV control room has been launched by the City of Cape Town’s Metro Police Strategic Surveillance Unit (SSU), this time in Muizenberg.
Less than a month after Ocean View launched their CCTV, Muizenberg is being added to the list. Four cameras will now watch the area and ensure citizens are safe, including two license plate recognition cameras and pan to tilt zoom devices.
Neighbourhood Watch members and Law Enforment Auxiliary members in a control room situated at the Muizenberg Traffic Centre will now be able to monitor the area on a daily basis.
In the event of an incident or suspicious individuals the team will be able to raise the alarm and respond to those in need quicker. The footage obtained from the cameras will also, where required, prove valuable for investigation purposes.
“We are hoping that, with the rollout of fibre, we will be able to link this control room to the Strategic Surveillance Unit’s central operations centre in future. For the moment, however, the local control room and initial camera rollout is a start for the Muizenberg area, and a potentially valuable tool in improving public safety, but also assisting with traffic management and other matters,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
The cameras were paid for with ward allocation funding, at a cost of just over R300 000.
“These camera installations are meant to enhance safety in Muizenberg, not only for residents, but also for the thousands of visitors to its shores each year. I believe it is a worthwhile undertaking and based on the impact of the initial installations, we might look to expand the rollout in future. However, we are also looking at potentially linking non-City cameras to the control room and increasing the CCTV footprint in that manner,”said Ward Councillor, Aimee Kuhl.