CCTVs to reduce crime in Mahikeng
Close circuit television (CCTV) cameras are to be installed at crime hotspots in Mahikeng, the provincial capital of the North West Province in the new financial year.
The intervention, to be funded by the provincial government, was announced by Premier Thandi Modise in her state of the province address as part of the roll out of the crime prevention through environmental design (CPTEED) strategy.
The strategy is aimed at reducing environmental factors that contribute towards crimes against women and children as well as serious and violent crimes by eliminating crime hotspots such as disused physical structures and pathways with overgrown vegetation within communities.
Improving lighting by installing high mast lights in some communities as part of the strategy has significantly contributed towards a reduction in crime.
The provincial government and the SAPS have encouraged municipalities to develop and implement their own local CPTED strategies. Mahikeng is among the 12 municipalities in the province that have developed and are now implementing their CPTED strategies.
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