Keeping a smart eye on crime in Van Dyk Park

Some of the street cameras installed in Van Dyk Park recently.

The Community Patrolling Initiative (CPI) in Van Dyk Park recently introduced smart street cameras in the suburb as part of its fight against crime in the area.

So far, seven surveillance cameras have been installed in strategic streets, including exit and entrance points in Van Dyk Park.

According to CPI chairperson Anton Botha, residents of Van Dyk Park were asked to donate R50 every month to finance the equipment.

“When the new board took over we started to get quotes on the camera systems and now we are happy that we have pulled through with the project.”

The cost of the project is estimated at R80 000, raised through the help of sponsors and residents.

The first camera was installed at the end of November last year. CPI members share the control room with VDP Armed Response, who are monitoring the cameras for them.

The residents are continuing to pay R50 every month.

“Our radio is linked to the VPD Armed Response radio channels and frequencies,” Botha explained. “Our monthly expenses are R3 800 which include rent, camera system insurance and emergency phone, where we have all the residents who are paying on our database.”

Botha said they are working hand in hand with the Dawn Park SAPS.

“We have a once-a-month meeting with the SAPS where we discuss our issues. We would like to get everybody involved to make Van Dyk Park a better place to live in.”

Botha said the vision is to install 36 cameras in the coming years.

Community Protection Initiative members Anton Botha (left, chairperson) and Guillaume Jordaan (deputy chair) at the monitor in the VDP Armed Response control room.

“Since we installed the cameras we have had major successes,” Botha said. “We thank the residents for supporting the vision and to our sponsors who helped raise funds.”

Dawn Park SAPS spokesperson Constable Nkemeleng Mabula said the management of Dawn Park SAPS fully supports the initiative.

“We have seen a drastic decrease in crimes such as hijackings and burglaries,” Mabula said. “We have also noticed that during our routine patrols, loitering of strangers has decreased.”

To find out how you can assist the CPI you can contact Botha on 076 466 6147.

Ntombikayise Sibeko

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