According to Gavin Henry, Bedfordview Community Policing Forum (BCPF) Chairman, 2019 was a significant year in terms of setting up the infrastructure for bringing about a safer and more secure Bedfordview neighbourhood – in particular was the rollout of the LPR Camera Initiative. The Bedfordview CPF are extremely grateful to those businesses and residents who assisted in building this platform. The benefits are already being noted and successes reported. Residents and businesses are called on to support the initiative.
‘2020 is going to be our year for enhancing and strengthening this platform. Our goal is not just to catch criminals, but to prevent crime from happening. We will continue our LPR camera street pledge drives to reinforce the camera network and, in addition, will be looking at adding AI technology to the structure. AI is a form of predictive policing that allows one to collect, track and analyse data ie. facial recognition, suspicious behaviour or unusual movements/activity. This, together with the concerted efforts of SAPS and our CPF patroller network, will enable us to secure our community. Bedfordview will become an area that no criminal would wish to enter without fear of being apprehended,’ added Henry.
How you can get involved:
BCPF is calling on all businesses and residents of Bedfordview to support their ongoing fight against crime. Please participate in your individual street pledges. All contributions, no matter how small, will assist in building a strong security network for all. Should you require assistance in setting up or running your street pledge, please contact Alison Grobbelaar on +27 (0) 82 565 6018.
Progress update on the LPR street camera pledge initiative:
– Talisman Bothma Road Closure were the first enclosure to come on board and join the initiative. They have been up and running since December 2018.
– Following hot on their heels were: Acacia Road, Kloof/Townsend, Cedar Road, Talisman Avenue, De Wet Street, Florence Road and DAWS Road Closure.
– In addition to these are the Suburb Entry Cameras that the CPF have installed with funds raised from their Golf Day, Ladies High Tea and direct donations/sponsorships from corporates and residents.
– More recently, the following have run individual street pledge drives and have either reached their target or are well on their way to do so: Protea Road, Hillside Neighbourhood, Kloof Road, Townsend Road, Bowling Road, BDRA Enclosure, Lavin Road, Lower Harcus, Arbroath Road, Calders Road, van der Linde Road and Pine Road.