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By Mandi Mosterd

We are all part of a community in one way or another. But what does that mean? A community is a group of people that connect over similarities. We connect as neighbours, shoppers, sports fans, and parents. Being part of a community means that we have reason to care for each other. Our children play together, our businesses interact, and most of all, we share the same space. Since we share so much, it is so important that our communities are protected. As South Africans, certain security measures are no longer an option but rather a given. Our shopping centres offer access control, CCTV surveillance and security guards. And estate security includes boom controls with a 24/7 guarding team. All of these tools don’t even raise an eyebrow or cause an inconvenience because we all understand how important they are to keep us and our fellow community members protected. Although they are all great ways to ensure security is applied and threats are reduced, how much can we control with these security methods?


Advice from TTK Surveillance

The first step to increasing your standard security setup is to work with an off-site surveillance monitoring company like TTK. Surveillance monitoring offers total peace of mind with a team of control room operators that keep a watch on all activities 24/7 and are able to act swiftly in times of peril to prevent crime and catch criminals in their tracks. At TTK, we have mastered the art of off-site monitoring, but as life advances and so do our criminals, we need to make sure that we have the best tools available to do our jobs as best as we can.

Fortunately, modern technology and artificial intelligence provide an even more accurate and smarter way to prevent threats long before they arrive. Artificial intelligence for video surveillance is specially designed using computer
software programs that analyze the audio and images from video surveillance cameras in order to recognize humans, vehicles, objects and events. With this advanced ability, it only makes sense that it is an extremely relevant security tool in South Africa. And we’re certainly not the only country including AI to keep our communities safe.

“As per data from a recent report, between 2017 and 2019, over 30 countries from the Europe & Eurasia and East Asia & Pacific regions have adopted artificial intelligence (AI) surveillance, with 17 and 15 respectively. Technologies and solutions involved include smart city or safe city platforms, facial recognition systems, and smart policing.”


FA brand new innovation for TTK Surveillance

Our latest technology is ANPR or Automatic Number Plate Recognition. With this security technology, we are able to detect suspicious vehicles with an immediate alert. Our cameras scan number plates and run them through a system that picks up the vehicle and owner history to track any dangers that may be present when a vehicle enters a particular area.

How does ANPR work?

Our Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras capture a photograph of every vehicle that passes the camera; the camera then analyses the image, decrypts it and interprets the data. Once it is able to interpret the details of the number plate, it runs it through numerous national databases to detect any suspicious activity. It may sound complicated, but this all happens within seconds. The software goes even further on the accuracy scale, with its ability to detect even fraudulent or duplicated number plates

What happens next?

TTK control room operators are alerted of potential threats in real-time and are able to track the vehicles estimated travel distance via an AI-generated map. Our dedicated staff members immediately contact the relevant response teams and police units to ensure that any threats are eliminated before any crime occurs. Our team then monitor the situation to make sure police and security forces arrive and keep track of all activity until the situation is diffused. In the case of vehicle recovery, the nearest responder will track down and intercept the vehicle for further investigation. In less severe cases, like in residential complexes, for example, where a suspicious vehicle has been detected, we would alert the guards or property managers who manage access control to advise them not to let the vehicle enter.

Lets take a look at some statistics on vehicle theft:

Car theft

“There were an estimated 88 000 incidences of theft of motor vehicles in 2019/20, affecting 0,5% of South African households. About 79% of households that experienced theft of motor vehicles reported the crime to the police, which is a 7,6% decrease compared to the previous year. Incidences peaked in January, April, September, and November. In terms of provinces, Gauteng (45 000) recorded the highest number of households that experienced car theft, followed by Western Cape (11 000) and Eastern Cape (8 000). Limpopo and Northern Cape (both at 1 000) had the least number of households that experienced car theft.”

Hijacked vehicles

“An estimated 99 000 hijackings occurred in 2019/20, affecting 85 000 (or 0,2%) persons aged 16 years and older. A total of 78% of the victims reported the crime to the police, which is a 7% decrease compared to the previous year.”

Which areas could these cameras serves

We are able to monitor and protect a variety of communities and areas using ANPR technology, including shopping malls, business districts and office parks, residential suburbs, estates and complexes, as well as agricultural plots.

If you are looking to add a bit of peace and reliability to your life, get in touch with us today for all your off-site monitoring and surveillance needs. Contact us on or 0871511961.