Cameras for Table Mountain

Cape Town – Cyclists are getting proactive against thieves and robbers in the Table Mountain National Park, raising funds independently for surveillance cameras and new crime patrols at hot spots on the mountain.

Robert Vogel, founder of the Table Mountain Bikers, put out a call to his databases and on Twitter last week for funds for security cameras. The group has about 140 members and the funds soon started rolling in.

“I’m just making the money available because SANParks wouldn’t have the funds,” said Vogel.

In one week, more than R20 000 was raised, and Vogel was able to order three cameras.  As of the 10th of May (R26’000) has been raised.

These solar-powered “covert scout” cameras will be placed on suspected criminal access routes, and when activated by movement, will snap a photo and send it to designated cellphone numbers and e-mail addresses.

The R8 000 cameras have infrared lights and can function at night, and will be placed by the biker organisation with input from SANParks.

The group and SANParks would receive the information at the same time, said Vogel, so cyclists would get up-to-date information on the mountain, and some of the pressure would be taken off the rangers who, owing to the mountainous terrain, often had limited sight lines.

Wana Bacela, an area manager for Table Mountain National Park, confirmed that the park was working with Table Mountain Bikers to boost security.


4 Responses to Cameras for Table Mountain

  1. Mokganjetsi (Willem B) May 13, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    well done TMB – high five for taking action!

  2. pillick May 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    Great – more cameras for the thieves to steal

  3. PaulGoddard May 13, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Pillick, if your are based in Cape Town and you use the Mtn for anything why not do something constructive and make a contribution towards this great initiative.
    The cameras will be placed out of sight so that no one can see them. Apologies if this was not mentioned but sometimes its kinda obvious to deduce.
    anyhoo !

  4. pillick May 13, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

    Hey Paul

    I might be cynical, but from past experiences I can say that cameras in remote areas will probably get stolen just because of the fact that they are, well remote…
    Hide them well…otherwise they’ll disappear
    Good luck, I really hope all the bad guys are caught.

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