WHEN three young men burgled the law library at the
The trio gained entry to the library in the
Morubisi Technologies, a 24-hour surveillance company with 168 cameras monitoring streets all over the city, picked up footage of the crime as it was taking place.
Six police vehicles were deployed to the scene, and two of the suspects were caught red-handed on the street.
The third suspect was in the building and avoided being arrested.
"The first time they took hardware," he said.
"The second time they took our newly installed cameras. Now this is the third time."
Gericke said the security guards did not suspect anything because the trio came in with access cards and carried advocates' briefcases.
"They obviously could not go out the way they came in because they had the computers with them. One suspect then threw them out of the window for the other two outside to catch."
CCTV footage showed the suspects tossing the computers and monitor out of the first-floor |window.
The access card the suspects used is thought to belong to a former freelance typist at the chambers. Gericke said they were investigating the relationship between the suspects and the former employee.
Gericke said they had given police footage of the third suspect, who was holed up inside the |building.
"We have an hour and a half worth of clear footage of the third suspect in the library which we have given to the police."
Gericke said they were getting the stolen equipment back from the police, but he didn't know if it would be in working order.
The brand-new computers did not have any confidential data, but expensive legal textbooks used for research were loaded on them.
One computer was stolen, while about six others were stripped for their hardware.
"They stripped the computers of motherboards and hard drives, presumably to sell them easily for extra cash," he said.
Two of the suspects, aged 21 and 22, appeared in court on Monday on charges of possession of stolen goods.
Morubisi Technologies has been overseeing the city's street surveillance since 2004 in collaboration with the City of Tshwane, the SAPS, the
They cover the entire CBD and all the entrances into the city, and are planning to expand the surveillance into suburbs like Waterkloof and
Council spokesman Blessing Manale said the expansion would take place in phases.
"Phase one and two will run consecutively in the 2013/14 financial year," he said.
"Phase one earmarks 81 cameras in the city CBD and its surrounds, including Marabastad, Arcadia,
SAPS and metro police officers are also stationed in the control room.
"It scares off criminals if they know there are cameras, but we need more visible policing and more units in place so the reaction time can be even faster," Du Toit said.
"CCTVs and CID have strengthened the partnership between business, SAPS and the
Morubisi Technologies also has four response vehicles that can be deployed until police officers are available to attend to a crime.
The cameras are, however, not used only for crime detection.
According to Morubisi Technologies, which refers to the surveillance as a city facility management system, the footage is also used to monitor traffic congestion, faulty traffic lights, areas where
Insurance companies and the courts often make use of the footage as evidence in their cases.
Big brother is watching:
l Crime and accident hot spots.
l Densely populated areas.
l Businesses and attractions where many people come together.
l Main arterial (access and exit) routes.
l Priority sites as determined by the city.
l Soon, the eastern suburbs will also be under surveillance.
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