Century City beefs up CCTV coverage

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Date 21 September 2018

To help win the war against crime, Century City is rolling out a R1,5million upgrade and extension of its existing CCTV infrastructure over the next couple of months.

This capital expenditure is in addition to its annual CCTV maintenance and roll out budget of over R500 000 and will include the replacement of the older CCTV cameras with newer, cutting edge technology, says CCPOA CEO Chris Blackshaw.

He said recent SA crime statistics all attested to the fact that crime in South Africa had reached pandemic proportions.

“While Century City is fortunately much better off in this regard than many of its neighbours we are not totally immune and we have to be proactive to maintain and in fact improve our safety and security. Going forward we will be on heightened alert and will not only be undertaking the CCTV infrastructure upgrade and expansion but will beimplementing an intensive Security Awareness Campaign among Century City stakeholders through a number of measures including communication and education, new branded vehicles, high visibility Vehicle Control Points in partnership with SAPS and City Traffic and a door to door survey.

“We will also be promoting our Integrated and Expanded Security Solution which provides for intruder detection and CCTV monitoring alerts at both commercial and residential developments being fed to the Century City Security Operations Centre.”

Blackshaw said in terms of their current CCTV infrastructure, 76% of their cameras had been installed during the past five years and those older than that were now being replaced.

“All in all we are replacing or upgrading 14 dome cameras and 19 static cameras, relocating and installing others as well as upgrading the server capacity of our digital cameras.”

He said among the new cameras being installed were three more Licence Plate Registration cameras (LPR) which would bring to 35 the number of LPR cameras in Century City.

“These have been very effective as part of a crime prevention strategy and in the 19 months to end July this year we had no less than 1338 cases of suspicious vehicles that we followed up on, the majority of which were in the Canal Walk precinct.”