Cape Town cable thieves busted thanks to large CCTV network

Hanno Labuschagne

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Cape Town cable thieves busted thanks to large CCTV network

The City of Cape Town announced that its metro police department has made 100 arrests in five months for crimes that were first picked up on its extensive CCTV camera network.

Among these, eight people were arrested for cable theft, compared to a total of 13 for the entire 2020, which the city’s mayoral committee member for safety and security Alderman JP Smith said was thanks to an increase in the number of camera installations.

"The Metro Police Strategic Surveillance Unit (SSU) oversees nearly 850 CCTV cameras across the metropole, excluding cameras monitoring the freeways and transport routes and interchanges," said Smith.
 

Creag

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Until the cretins who buy the scrap from these miscreants are shut down, this was a pointless exercise.

Shut down all the dealers and take away their right to trade. Force them into a transparent system somewhat similar to second hand dealers like Cash Crusaders. When they can demonstrate an ethical way of doing business, give them back a operators licence. It worked in Canada. It can work here too.

But there is no political will to make this or anything similar work. The example set by the ANC is empowers criminality. :(
 

TheRoDent

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Until the cretins who buy the scrap from these miscreants are shut down, this was a pointless exercise.

Let's get some government regulation and enforcement in for scrap metal dealers.

Oh, wait. Let's rather remove self-defence as a reason for gun licensing.

Oh, wait.

Crap.
 
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