Fidelity ADT is partnering with the VumaCam SafeCity Initiative. Our goal is safer streets, safer communities, safer cities, through access to Vumacam’s cameras to gain city-wide situational awareness critical to understanding criminal patterns, assist with crime prevention and investigations.
The SafeCity Initiative means that you and your loved ones now have additional safety in your neighbourhood streets, are able to ride your bikes in the parks and green spaces and provide security so that everyone can safely get to and from their homes.
The SafeCity Initiative was conceptualised out of the need to offer a more densified CCTV solution across the City of Joburg. For the last few years, Vumacam has been installing cameras across the city to assist with crime prevention and better people’s lives. Although Vumacam has until recently had over 6000 cameras in the City of Joburg, there are still gaps in the network that need to be covered.
Something had to be done to provide everyone with the freedom to move around the city and feel safe in their own homes and neighbourhoods. The SafeCity Initiative sees more cameras being switched on across the city and new cameras installed in areas that previously had no coverage. Greater coverage across the city provides a network effect that offers all Security Providers the opportunity to monitor more areas and stop the criminals before they get to your neighbourhood, street or door.
When CCTV started to take off as a security solution, communities and private security companies began installing cameras in areas that could afford the additional security monitoring. This created pockets where criminal or unusual behaviour could be quickly identified and a team could be dispatched to investigate. However, criminals very quickly learned where these pockets were and would use neighbouring suburbs and areas where there were no cameras to escape to – essentially gaps in the CCTV coverage.
By installing cameras and densifying the coverage, this will close the gaps and criminals will have nowhere to escape to. As criminals try to leave the area and an alert is sent out, Security Providers will be able to quickly mobilise their teams and be alerted as the criminals move across the city.
Wahl Bartmann, Chief Executive Officer
of Fidelity Services Group
Wahl Bartmann, Chief Executive Officer of Fidelity Services Group