City of Windhoek rubbishes faulty CCTV cameras' report

12 Feb 2015 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 FEB (NAMPA) - The City of Windhoek has rubbished reports that the high-tech surveillance video cameras installed around Windhoek are out of order.
City of Windhoek spokesperson Joshua Amukugo said at a media briefing here on Wednesday that the reports are just aimed at tarnishing the reputation of the city.
It was reported that they spent N.dollars25 million to acquire and install the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, but most of these equipment allegedly ceased to function.
The city's spokesperson said the amount invested by the city for the six-year CCTV project is in fact N.dollars 20 million.
“It is public money well-spent, and we are determined to invest more in the use of technology to ensure that high-level safety prevails in the city,” Amukugo stressed.
He further said no malfunctioning was experienced since the CCTV cameras were installed in 2011, and the City Police team is capable of dealing with any situation, which has made the process cost-effective.
At the moment, the City has 64 cameras at most public places, and close to 300 at various municipal offices and premises.
A total of 25 more cameras are expected to be installed before June this year in major shopping centres, major traffic intersections, the Central Business District (CBD) as well as tourist attraction sites around the city.
He said since the establishment of the City of Windhoek’s Police Service, efforts were made to ensure that the City Police deliver efficient services in crime prevention and road safety.
Three companies were awarded the tenders for the supply and installation of the cameras, while one company was awarded a tender to configure the wireless network.
The cameras are monitored 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week from a control room at the City Police headquarters, Amukugo explained.