- Mar 26, 2010
More at:Durban - Several road surveillance cameras have been damaged along the N2 and N3 in recent weeks. It is alleged that thieves, who vandalise the cameras, are stealing their batteries and converters which are said to be very powerful conductors of electricity.
The cameras are managed to the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (Sanral).
According to Sanral Eastern Region project manager, Seekandar Mahomed, the cameras are used to detect incidents on the road network.
“The information taken from the cameras is shared with all emergency services and the general public via our social media platforms, radio and roadside digital road sign boards,” he said.
Mahomed said when the cameras are damaged, the contractor does not have visuals from the road and cannot monitor routes and incidents.
He said the equipment that is damaged can cost anything between R20 000 to R40 000.
It is believed that people are stealing the batteries and converters from the CCTV cameras. These are considered to be powerful electrical conductors.