CCTV’s in Combating Crime


Major General Norman Sekhukhune, Head of Police Crime Research and Statistics revealed that there has been an increase of 6.9% in South Africa’s crime rate from the previous year which means that 1320 more people were murdered. It is unfortunate that a person could possibly become a crime statistic. Whether in your own home or driving to work – you must be on a constant look out. One can be as cautious as a fox however you just can’t avoid the inevitable. Ask yourself: While you are at work, who is watching over your home? Who is watching your place of business when no one is there? This is when we see the significance of CCTV’s in combating crime.


CCTV’s Assisting our Police Force

Closed-circuit television (CCTV), also known as video surveillance, is the use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place, on a limited set of monitors. In an article on the Daily Maverick it states that “Visual surveillance of urban areas is booming worldwide. In South Africa, where the police fight a deadly war against crime daily, surveillance tech is increasingly used by local municipalities to augment an understaffed and under-resourced police force.”  The footage taken from the video surveillance assists the police in being able to capture and record the crime as it unfolds thus becoming valuable evidence when it comes to court trials. I am not saying that this will prevent crimes from happening, however it will discourage criminals which should ultimately will lower the crime rate.

CCTV’s are fast becoming more and more popular in both the private and public sector and the reason for this is because of its mentioned benefits. We live in a society where we are not safe. If there’s technology which we can use to make us feel safer and to fight crime, in this case CCTV’s, then its crucial to invest in such technology.

Goodbye ADSL, Hello Fibre

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So there’s a new kid on the block and their name is fibre. Just like most ‘new kids’, we all want to know who they are and what makes them special. The best way to know them is to compare them to the golden oldie – ADSL.

We all know that ADSL uses telephone lines to transmit data along copper cables from your nearest telephone exchange to your home. While fibre uses fibre optic cables to transmit data. So what makes fibre better? Fibre has the potential to travel at the speed of light which means that it is not affected by your distance from the exchange. More so, it can handle much higher volumes of traffic without your download speeds/streaming being affected.

Then comes reliability, fibre is far more stable and superior to ADSL as the copper lines which ADSL uses can be affected by the climate while the fibre optics are not affected. And the best part about Fibre is that new ways might be found to transmit light data even faster without the infrastructure becoming redundant. Lastly, when it comes to pricing, fibre cabling itself is similar in price to the copper used for ADSL, but much easier to maintain. The only downside to fibre is that since its new – it is not available in a lot of areas. Having said all of this, we do see understand the relevance of the new kid on the block.