Beware: Cameras on Guard!

Caught! Photo: Provided

Caught! Photo: Provided

Councillor Nora Grose’s message to criminals targeting Melkbosstrand is simple: “You come to our neighbourhood; we are going to deal with you.” And in order to do so a bit of extra high-tech help would be appreciated. More LPR cameras such as the ones that spotted the false number plates on a rented Toyota Etios used in a housebreaking spree in Philadelphia and Melkbosstrand on Monday morning.

Grose applauded the work of the Melkbosstrand police, Melkbosstrand Neighbourhood Watch and CPF who helped to catch the alleged three housebreakers after a 190 km chase from Melkbosstrand.

LPR cameras from Milnerton to Melkbos
According to Grose LPR cameras have already been put up from Milnerton to Melkbosstrand with the funding coming from the councillors of Ward 23, Ward 107 and Ward 113. Each councillor has for the past five years been contributing R200 000 yearly of their allocated funds for this. A server also had to be set up for the cameras.

Various LPR cameras are already in place in Melkbosstrand. It would be more effective if more LPR cameras could be erected in strategic places, Grose says.

“I want to encourage property owners, both residential and business, to support the LPR camera initiative by investing in the camera system by erecting cameras in their streets and neighbourhoods so these cameras can be plugged into the greater network. Our plan is to roll out as many cameras in our wards; in fact we want to cover our streets from corner to corner so these criminals will get the message. You come to our neighbourhood; we are going to deal with you.”



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