The University of Cape Town has introduced ten new high-tech patrol vehicles to campus to try beef up safety and security.
Since it is an open campus, UCT has often had to deal with incidences of criminal activity either on the campus directly or along its borders. These have included robbery, rape and attempted abductions.
“These new vehicles will certainly make us more visible and increase our response capability to criminal and medical incidents,” said Don Smith, CPS manager in a statement.
UCT’s Campus Protection Services has added 10 new response vehicles to its fleet, strengthening its efforts to keep the university safe for all. Read more: https://t.co/fBgaRsbbCi pic.twitter.com/Nanc5YttkX
— UCT (@UCT_news) February 4, 2020
The bright blue branded vehicles will patrol the campus along strategic routes and are aimed at providing quicker response to criminal and medical incidences.
They are fitted with tracking devices and an electronic patrol device to identify critical areas requiring monitoring.
These vehicles will be fitted with even more equipment in the future including dash cameras, equipment to help with medical emergencies, minor fires, traffic control in the event of accidents.
Licence plate recognition cameras are also going to be installed to help pick up any vehicles flagged by the South African Police that could enter the campus.
They will be supported by the CPS officers patrolling campus on foot.