By Jade McClune
SWAKOPMUND residents have roundly rejected a proposal submitted by the police to the town council to install a network of CCTV cameras throughout the town, to aid crime prevention and detection.
During recent public meetings, the acting CEO of Swakopmund Municipality, Marco Swarts, acknowledged that the “community was not supportive” of the proposal, which involved levying an additional N$10 surcharge on every household municipal bill.
Swarts said a survey conducted by the local authority “showed that the public did not support the idea,” and on this basis the Police Public Relations Committee had subsequently withdrawn their proposal.
It was agreed, he noted, that CCTV cameras would only be installed at business premises on request. It is understood that the costs of installation would be carried by the business owners who request the service.
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