Licence Plate Recognition cameras apprehend suspect involved in car theftSubmitted by Jacqui
A vehicle flagged as a stolen vehicle was captured on Fidelity ADT’s Licence Plate Recognition cameras as it entered Menlyn Mall in Pretoria on 6 July at around 16:00.
Leon Muller District Manager of Fidelity ADT, says that once the shopping centre tactical team received the hit from one of the LPR cameras installed near the Mall and the licence plate image was confirmed to be a stolen vehicle. The vehicle was followed and a short chase ensued until the toll gate on the N1 North. Back up and highway patrol was called in to assist. The Fidelity ADT team with the help of a vehicle tracking company, Silverton and Lyttelton SAPS pulled over the vehicle and a suspect was apprehended.
The suspect was handed over to the Lyttelton SAPS.
“LPR cameras are an excellent crime deterrent. There are a number of benefits for both the community and security providers as the LPR cameras are linked to a national database of suspicious or stolen vehicles. The system is monitored 24-hours a day and the presence of the cameras themselves act as a good deterrent to criminals. Should a confirmed suspicious vehicle be found and stopped in a suburb, the occupants will be questioned and, if no evidence is found, monitored closely until the vehicle leaves the suburb. It is a sobering wake-up call for criminals who don’t even realise they’ve been captured on the LPR system,” says Muller.
“We have rolled out similar projects in areas in and around Pretoria with excellent results. Criminals are becoming more and more sophisticated and so we need to be ahead of them every step of the way,” he concludes.
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