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Technology helps to nab five suspects

Five suspects were arrested in connection with a case of housebreaking in Welgemoed, in large part because of technology.

WelgemoedSafe’s camera operator Samantha Fivaz was on duty two weeks ago when she picked up an alert from their Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) system that a vehicle had been spotted which was linked to a case of housebreaking and theft. She immediately broadcasted the location and description of the vehicle to armed response vehicles and police in the area.

A few minutes later, a patrolling Fidelity ADT armed response vehicle contacted Fivaz and informed her that they had eyes on the vehicle, and that it was driving towards the Welgemoed Nature Reserve.

“This information was transmitted to Bellville SAPS and other community security partners in the area. The vehicle was eventually cornered and stopped on Jip de Jager Drive, and its five occupants were taken into custody. Several allegedly stolen items as well as a crowbar were reportedly found inside the vehicle,” says Verena Hulme, Cape Town North district manager at Fidelity ADT.

The camera network in Welgemoed was installed by local organisation, WelgemoedSafe. Since 2014, cameras have been implemented at all entrances to Welgemoed with footage being monitored 24/7 by a dedicated team in the WelgemoedSafe control room. The monitoring team is sponsored by Fidelity ADT.

“Cameras cover great parts of Cape Town, including the northern suburbs. They are linked to an information network that alerts camera operators whenever a vehicle is spotted which has been linked to any act of criminality. Camera operators can then share information with local security and law enforcement partners.”

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