CCTV Camera update:
The MAF CCTV project is underway, geared towards creating a safer suburb for you and your family.
The first phase involves the erection of 16 cameras. The poles are being installed and electricity supplies are being sourced prior to the cameras and their data links becoming operational. Please note that not every pole will have cameras installed; several poles are needed to support the antennae used to relay the image data to the RSS control room.
One of Maf’s goals is making Magaliessig as safe and secure for its residents as possible. Research has shown that area-wide CCTV surveillance backed up by response vehicles is very effective in reducing crime.
The cameras are concentrated on Troupant Ave, as it is the main road through Magaliessig. One of the important features of the system is being able to identify and log suspects who enter and leave the suburb. Almost everyone in a vehicle, whether criminal or resident, has to travel along Troupant Ave at some point and we have had to take cognizance of that reality in positioning the cameras.
The security concept has been used and effectively proven its benefits in other suburbs. The use of CCTV is proactive, reactive and retrospective approach to security. Much will be done to identify suspicious activity, in part through automated number plate recognition, whereby known posted vehicle alerts are programmed into the camera software enabling the camera to recognise the wanted or stolen vehicle.
We would loved to have been able to install cameras in every street and around every corner, but unfortunately, until we get sufficient subscription revenue, this is not possible. Too few residents have committed to the project with most simply “free-loading”.
Subscription is voluntary and we fervently hope that once the system becomes fully operational, more residents will see the benefits and join up, enabling extra cameras to be fitted in your street and in other locations where they may be needed.
We believe that for your R100 per month, you will be getting good additional security value for your money. Not only that, but a secure suburb is one in which the best property values are realised.
In addition, we intend negotiating insurance discounts for subscribers – other similar suburbs have achieved a 10 to 20% reduction in household premiums for subscribers and that saving covers the cost of your subscription!
Another benefit is that your subscription also entitles you to membership of MAF, your local Residents’ Association. MAF has far more on its agenda than just the security cameras. MAF deals with general residents’ issues like roads and signage, parks and litter and much more besides.
MAF has a number of successes under its belt – securing and improving the Merrow Down Park, getting a left turn lane installed on Main Road at Robin/Sangster, getting JRA to improve the traffic light timing at Leslie/Troupant, getting sections of Troupant re-tarred. MAF interacts with the local City Councillor, the JMPD, JRA, CPF, City Parks and others on a regular basis to continually improve our beautiful suburb.
Finally, MAF has dedicated hundreds (perhaps thousands) of man-hours over more than five years to halt the proposed construction of a 20 000 square meter Makro super-store in our suburb; a development that will severely damage the peace, tranquillity and residential nature of our neighbourhood, whilst endangering our security and our property values. Although Makro has recently won an appeal, MAF is taking legal advice on the next steps and thus needs your support more than ever, not only for the CCTV project but also to continue the struggle against Makro.
This is your suburb. This is where you and your family live. This is where you have a home to be proud of. This is where you should feel safe and secure. This is where MAF is making a difference. This is where MAF is working towards a better, safer, cleaner suburb. But, we cannot do it all without you.
Please join MAF and please subscribe to its activities, including the CCTV project. Above all, do not become a freeloader carried by your neighbour! Your participation is vital. See our website for details and to sign up.
A big thank you to those of you who have subscribed and to those who intend to subscribe.
Steve Appleton and Mike Hogan, on behalf of MAF
Although Makro recently won the appeal to the Townships Board, MAF does not intend giving up the fight. Our team of experts and legal advisor are meeting within the next few days to strategise a plan of action and once we have input from everyone involved, we will communicate the next steps with you. Please do not give up hope!