Cape Town - He flings a stone, smashing the car’s window. The movement is quick, a flicker only, picked up by the CCTV camera trained on his face. He checks to see if the coast is clear before diving into the vehicle and fishing out its contents.
It’s a typical “break and take”, one of many common crimes committed in Cape Town, and now it can be viewed online.
Be City Smart is a new website dedicated to safety, and instead of communicating its message through slogans or mildly scary photo shoots, the creators have repurposed CCTV footage to educate people on how the Mother City’s criminals operate.
The idea came to Gil Lang, who works for Safety Lab, an innovation incubator, after he was shown candid footage of a thief using remote car jamming to steal a car. The technique involves blocking the signal from the cars with the remote and preventing the doors from locking.
“A couple of days later, I parked in Sea Point and as I locked my car I saw the lights and the blinker didn’t go off. Thanks to the footage I knew exactly what was happening.”