CCTV installation drags on

SWAKOPMUND

10 September 2018 | Crime

Jessica Botes

No progress has been made with the installation of Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in town since the Swakopmund town council approved the project nine months ago.

According to Anett Kötting, chairperson of the Police Public Relations Committee (PPRC), the committee no longer knows what is happening with the project.

“We hear how important tourism is in our town and that we need to protect this sector, but then do not act. I was feeling thoughtful and trusted that we would have been covered by December 2018 as the mayor had advised that the N$10 levy will be deducted as from July 2018, however nothing happened,” she said.

Council in January recommended that the municipality charge each property owner from 1 July for the installation of the CCTV cameras.

The mayor of Swakopmund, Pauline Nashilundo, stated at the time that council in cooperation with the PPRC and Nampol intends to install CCTV cameras to monitor various crime prone areas in Swakopmund, such as the town entrances, Kramersdorf, Mondesa, Mile 4, Vineta, Tamariskia and other key areas.

“The reason for installing CCTV is to assist with crime prevention. Cameras can be a deterrent to criminals. It can also be a useful piece of evidence which can be used and lead to successful prosecutions in court,” said Nashilundo.

Various information sharing meetings were held in November, but other meetings had to be scheduled due to the low turn-up.

As such council resolved during a management committee meeting held on 9 August that the acting CEO, Marco Swarts, arranges further public meetings to inform the community about the project.

Council further resolved that a bylaw be developed in respect of the CCTV cameras and that Nampol as well as the State Security Agency be involved in the project.

The PPRC identified the installation of CCTV cameras in Swakopmund as one of its most important projects in 2017. The project would have included a monitoring room, an emergency call line and the appointment of six staff members.

The PPRC also planned to establish a code of conduct and operational procedures advising on guidelines and how privacy is protected.

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