Ballito’s new number plate recognition camera system nabs its first victim

The driver of a car, believed to have been used in two crimes last year, was taken in for questioning after the hot-listed vehicle was spotted travelling in Ballito on Friday afternoon.

SAPS had listed the red city golf’s number plate on the recently installed automatic number plate recognition camera system after the vehicle had been involved in remote jamming and theft during October 2017 in Salt Rock.

Marshall Security North Coast picked up the alert from the system and armed reaction officers stopped the car travelling on a residential road and handed the driver over to SAPS.

Also read: Ballito hijacking, driver abandoned in Inanda

While these camera systems have been in use in other parts of the country to help track criminals, Marshall Security North Coast brought the system to Ballito a month ago after their pioneer project was successfully rolled out in Umhlanga a year ago.

“The cameras have been placed in various spots around Ballito. They continuously detect licence plates and take photos of them.

“These photos are run through local and national databases used by SAPS and security companies where number plates associated with criminal activities are listed according to priority.

“If the number plates match, we can pick up the location where it was photographed and track the vehicle,” said Van Reenen.

Umhlali SAPS spokesperson Captain Vinny Pillay said the driver had been arrested and will be investigated further.

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