Advanced communication system for Cape's neighbourhood watches

The City of Cape Town's Safety and Security Directorate has connected neighborhood watches across the city to a communication system which allows them to relay incidents, post warnings or request emergency assistance.

Alderman JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security, says they have made the neighborhood watch part of the City's dispatch equation.

They now have a control room linked to metro police and traffic enforcement, according to Smith.

In that control room, they have nine call takers working 24/7 working with about 18 neighbourhood watches and feeding the information to metro police.

JP Smith, Mayco Member for Safety and Security

According to Smith, staff at the control room also monitor telegrams and Whatsapp groups that the neighborhood watches are on.

This means enforcement staff can now respond quickly to reported crimes.

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