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Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) in partnership with the Development Bank of SA (DBSA) have commenced the rollout of CCTV technology in parks.

The pilot initiative sponsored by DBSA and facilitated by Crebus, a private sector business solutions company, resulted in the installation of the first cameras at Rhodes Parks in Kensington, Johannesburg.

“The programme will cover 88 high-usage, flagship facilities to support JCPZs drive to provide a safe visitor experience, in partnership with the private sector, without additionally burdening the tax base of the City,” advised the MMC for Community Development in the City of Joburg (CoJ), Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba.

The surveillance cameras built to withstand inclement weather and vandalism and which will be monitored, as well from a mobile device, are installed with high beam lighting to deter the risk of opportunistic crime, in public open spaces.

“The aim is to provide an integrated solution together with JMPD, SAPS, private security companies and the Rangers, and to complement it with a proactive service delivery model, to combat crime in parks prone to safety and security concerns,” added Sifumba.

For these interventions to be successful we require cleaner, well managed spaces, with greater resident involvement, adequate lighting bearing in mind that parks are only open until 6pm and, more frequent blitz operations and patrols by policing structures, to clampdown on bylaw transgressors and crime.

The CCTV cameras have an added benefit and will serve as a management tool to monitor service delivery, noted the MD of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, Mr Bulumko Nelana

“Safety is a primary concern. The installation of CCTV cameras is another step in our resolve to nurture active, engaged and healthy communities,” concluded Sifumba.