Millions of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras are installed in streets and businesses throughout the world with the stated goal of reducing crime and increasing public safety.
As Namola we would like to urge government, business and property owners to invest in CCTV technology to help curb crime.
This comes up after recent videos of criminals going viral online including cellphone footage that has been used by the members of the South African Police Services to identify criminals.
The surveillance footage is always a crucial piece of evidence during a police investigation. Surveillance cameras have, and will prevent many crimes.
Having cameras in public places also makes citizens feel safe. People feel safer in the knowledge that a potential mugger or attacker will be put-off by the presence of a camera.
Cameras, through video analytics, now have the ability to zoom in to reveal someone’s identity which can be beneficial to crime prevention when used in the correct way.
However not all CCTV footage has been able to be used to solve crime, lighting on most footages has been bad with grainy images that do not help police officers or citizens identify the perpetrators. hence we are appealing to government, business and property owners to install good CCTV camera to help reduce the increased crime rates in South Africa
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