Cape Town fights crime with drones, acoustic technology, and smartphones

Agent_Smith

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Pity this wasn't any good to the lady that got shot in the CBD the other day. Still, all steps in the right direction!
 

Vegeta

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I think thermal goggles or cameras will be of great help in townships at night. They often have to raid a shack or search a shack. Suspects often hide behind bushes or structures in the dark, cops have also died due to suspects ambushing them from a covert position in townships

Should be cheaper, easier and faster to deploy to officers on the ground now than drones. But the drones will be incredible if they can possibly respond autonomously to the "shotspotter" location immediately even before manual control is taken.
 
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SauRoNZA

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I think thermal goggles or cameras will be of great help in townships at night. They often have to raid a shack or search a shack. Suspects often hide behind bushes or structures in the dark, cops have also died due to suspects ambushing them from a covert position in townships

Should be cheaper, easier and faster to deploy to officers on the ground now than drones. But the drones will be incredible if they can possibly respond autonomously to the "shotspotter" location immediately even before manual control is taken.
There is a reason they are using drones instead of people...
 

Vegeta

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There is a reason they are using drones instead of people...
Sure sure I agree but I mean whilst we wait for drones to become common place in law enforcement we have other cheaper more readily available technology that they can use right now but they're not.
 

supersunbird

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Sure sure I agree but I mean whilst we wait for drones to become common place in law enforcement we have other cheaper more readily available technology that they can use right now but they're not.
True. We don't even utilize other old school force multipliers like helicopters with FLIR enough.
 

supersunbird

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I'd love me a drone with FLIR to clear the fenced off greenbelt (Moreleta Spruit) after the gates are locked at night, or to search it if there is an incident.
 

SauRoNZA

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Sure sure I agree but I mean whilst we wait for drones to become common place in law enforcement we have other cheaper more readily available technology that they can use right now but they're not.
Because nobody is willing to die for the cause.

My wife goes into the area often enough for work with armed security escorts and wearing a vest.

Now if only they can automate the drones and arm them with guns Skynet style.
 

jdido87

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I think thermal goggles or cameras will be of great help in townships at night. They often have to raid a shack or search a shack. Suspects often hide behind bushes or structures in the dark, cops have also died due to suspects ambushing them from a covert position in townships

Should be cheaper, easier and faster to deploy to officers on the ground now than drones. But the drones will be incredible if they can possibly respond autonomously to the "shotspotter" location immediately even before manual control is taken.
They have thermal cameras. Was on CB some time back already.
 
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