Relax, traffic camera on Plattekloof Road not out to get you

Mayco member for safety and security Alderman JP Smith responded to concerns about a "traffic camera" on Plattekloof Road that has been widely shared on social media, with many people saying that it is illegal because of its position and colour scheme.

Smith says the camera is used for test purposes to improve the camera technology which can be used in the future.

At the moment it is used for test purposes and not generating offences of which people are being sent notices.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security

The analytics are improving. With the latest cameras, we're not just doing speedmonitoring, but also AMBR and Automated Number Plate recognition are also improving. And with the software that sits behind it, you can tell the model and the colour of the vehicle.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security

If the police are looking for a white BMW that was involved in crime, you can already narrow your search.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security

Smith says analytics have come such an essential part and the camera's speed are improving.

He also responded to questions around safety and security during the switching of the festive lights event where shops in the CBD were looted.

Alcohol seems to be a major problem during these events, says Smith. There were 800 bottles of alcohol that confiscated over the weekend.

No matter how much alcohol you take, people arrive in vehicles and go to the cars to drink and arrive intoxicated.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security

Large events like that attract criminal elements that move among the crowd. There were five arrests made of pickpocketers... There 15 incidents of theft where people had their bags snatched.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security

To hear the rest of the conversation with JP Smith, listen below:


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