Upgrading CCTV cameras will be pointless – ISS

The JMPD said a pilot project to have speakers installed in 237 CCTV cameras in the CBD is underway.

JMPD officers search a man during a patrol in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, on New Year's Eve. Pic: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) on Saturday said a pilot project to have speakers installed in 237 Close-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras in and around the CBD was well underway.

The department is currently monitoring two cameras with added speakers.

The new system is expected to be presented to the city council in the next few weeks.

Spokesperson for the JMPD, Edna Mamonyane, said the department believes the audio will enhance investigations into criminal activities happening on the city's streets.

She said hearing the perpetrators could lead police to the criminals long after they'd committed crimes and help with getting suspects convicted.

But the Institute of Security Studies (ISS) believes the new addition will be futile. It said criminals usually targetted places not covered by the cameras.