Big Brother will be watching you

. . . more than 200 cameras to be installed across Windhoek

The Mobile Telecommunications Company (MTC) yesterday donated about 200 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras to the City of Windhoek to boost the surveillance of crime hotspots in the capital.

Windhoek has been grappling murder, assault, theft, break-ins and various other crimes, the company says.

The cameras will be deployed across more than 40 locations within Windhoek, serving as crucial tools for law-enforcement agencies in gathering evidence, monitoring crime scenes, and apprehending perpetrators.

The areas include Havana, Wernhil Park shopping centre’s entrance, Rocky Crest, the Rehoboth police roadblock, Dorado Park, the central business district, and Otjomuise and surrounding areas.

MTC managing director Licky Erastus yesterday said the city’s crime rate has caused the telecommunication provider financial losses.

“It is because of the frequent theft of batteries and break-ins at MTC’s telecommunication towers. These incidents not only cause financial losses for MTC, but also disrupt our core business operations.

“The cameras will be installed on different MTC infrastructure and at crime-prone locations identified by the City of Windhoek.

“This strategic collaboration will see the implementation and utilisation of CCTV cameras at various sites, and is testament to our commitment to the safety and well-being of our citizens,” he said.

Erastus said the partnership allows the company and the city to pool their resources to achieve a common goal.

“With the joint efforts of the City of Windhoek and MTC, we can work towards a safer and more secure environment for our community.

“This is a prime example of how collaboration and cooperation can bring about positive change and progress,” he said.

City of Windhoek chief executive Moses Matyayi said: “Today is quite an exciting event in trying to ensure that we contribute to society, as well as on how we are planning to keep the City of Windhoek a safe environment.

“This technology comes when we need it the most in terms of crime prevention and with this donation we want to ensure that we demonstrate this aspect of our vision: Here comes MTC to help us curb crime in Windhoek with its donation,” he said.

Windhoek City Police chief Leevi IIeka said the partnership was long overdue.

“The signing of this partnership marks momentum in our ongoing pursuits to make Windhoek crime free. The cameras will capture crucial services in terms of evidence and the apprehension of criminals.

“The cameras represent a vision of future policing,” he said.

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