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City looks to build on CCTV gains<p>​</p><p>The Metro Police Strategic Surveillance Unit has recorded an increase in the number of incidents detected for three consecutive quarters.<br></p><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure>​</span>Between April and June 2023, the SSU detected 7 339 incidents, including crime, vandalism, motor vehicle accidents, fires and other miscellaneous incidents.<ul><li>July to September saw 8 284 incidents detected, with 113 arrests from 4 836 crime incidents</li><li>October to December had 8 983 incidents, with 94 arrests from 5 354 crime incidents<br><br> <br>Collectively it represents a 90% increase in detections, compared to the same period in 2022. <br><br> <br>'The reasons for the increase in detections are varied, including an increased camera footprint as more cameras have been installed, additional camera monitors and more consistent uptime of the camera network, which is averaging between 90% and 95%. In the last year, we have also amended our standard operating procedure, where the unit nearest to the incident detected will respond, irrespective of enforcement service and this has been facilitated through our Emergency Policing Incident Control (EPIC) system.<br><br> <br><br>'This is very good momentum, and to make sure that we build on that, a workshop will take place this month to review our CCTV operations in terms of facilities, infrastructure, staffing and possible further expansion,' said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.<br><br> <br>Between July and December 2023, the SSU also recorded 111 instances where SAPS requested to view or collect footage, as part of their investigations. <br><br> <br>During the same period in 2022, there were 120 such instances.<br><br> <br>'We are hopeful that, with the increased detections, the SAPS will exploit our services even more. CCTV footage can be incredibly useful for the purposes of investigation and prosecution of suspects, and can only benefit the criminal justice system,' added Alderman Smith. <br><br> <br>Currently, the Strategic Surveillance Unit has 39 CCTV projects on the go, including new installations, acquisition of additional equipment, replacing and upgrading existing infrastructure, and converting from old rented fibre networks to City-owned networks.<br><br> <br>In one of the most anticipated projects in 2023, the SSU installed cameras at various points along Baden Powell Drive, to the value of R4,2 million.<br><br> <br>Currently, 10 cameras are live at six locations, with weekly service and maintenance work carried out due to their proximity to the ocean.<br></li></ul><p><strong>End</strong></p><p><br></p>2024-02-10T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#60eeb598-3ed7-450f-87f0-9670896c9237;L0|#060eeb598-3ed7-450f-87f0-9670896c9237|CCTV;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb10


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