Vumacams have great success combatting crime during SA Lockdown

Vumacam tackles crime in hard lockdown and is ready for increased crime levels as SA moves to Level 3

While South Africa has been in lockdown to curb the impact of COVID-19, reported crime in the country has dropped significantly. Police Minister Bheki Cele reported a 72% decrease in murder cases; an 87.2% decrease in rape; an 85.2% decrease in assault and GBH; a 69.6% decrease in robbery with aggravating circumstances; an 80% decrease in car-jackings and a 53% reduction in robbery at residential premises.

Unfortunately, despite reduced overall figures, criminal activity was still prevalent during lockdown.

The good news is that Vumacam’s CCTV and surveillance technology platform has been pivotal in supporting law enforcement and private security companies to apprehend criminals and prevent their activities during this time.

As South Africa moves into stage three lockdown, with crime levels already creeping back up, Vumacam is ready to provide critical support to SAPS and private security networks in keeping criminals off the streets. 

As the successes below demonstrate, Vumacam technology has had a real impact on apprehending criminals and preventing crime.

Four wanted robbery suspects arrested in Joburg CBD

On 25 May, offsite monitoring specialist AI Surveillance reported that four suspects, wanted for robberies in Braamfontein and Jeppe, were apprehended in the Johannesburg CBD. Assisted by Vumacam’s installed in the area, an investigative search was conducted by JMPD, SAPS and Vision Tactical Security together with AI Surveillance CCTV intelligence alerts and reports. JMPD undercover officers spotted the black Audi identified by the cameras in Solomon Street, where a shootout took place and a chase ensued.

Bramley aggravated robbery suspect in custody

On 10 May, Vumacam’s License Plate Recognition (LPR) cameras identified a car that had been flagged as having been involved in an armed robbery days before in Athol. Vumacam cameras identified the car in Bramley and Beagle Watch Security was on hand to apprehend the suspect who was then handed over to SAPS illustrating the crime fighting power of technology together with collaboration.

Motorcycle identified and stops Glenvista theft in its tracks

On 13 May, a motorcycle involved in a theft being investigated by Moraka SAPS, was flagged and identified by Vumacam’s LPR cameras in Glenvista. A suspect was arrested by HB South CPF* (Community Police Forum) and handed over to Mondeor SAPS. This was after cameras had been operational in the area for only a week underlining the immediate impact the technology has on community safety and crime.

Cameras assist flying squad in Sandton arrest

Vumacam LPR cameras identified a vehicle that SAPS had flagged in relation to an active enquiry. Night Guard security was dispatched by monitoring company AI Surveillance to check and spotted the vehicle along Grayston Drive in Sandton. The vehicle was followed to the corner of Allandale and Pretoria Road Midrand. The SAPS Flying Squad, who had also been called by AI Surveillance for back up, intercepted the vehicle hailing another success through a partnership approach to crime fighting.

Collaboration between people and tech gets results

Vumacam received a positive hit on a vehicle that had been involved in an incident captured on CCTV (and loaded to the Vumacam system) at Fourways Mall two days prior. A lookout was broadcast to 24/7 Security Response Officers and a vigilant officer managed to locate the vehicle and detain the suspect who was handed over to SAPS.

LPR cameras help APCAN security stop another suspect from going any further

APCAN security sprang into action when Vumacams identified a flagged vehicle on Albertina Sisulu Road. The vehicle was pulled over and the suspect was handed over to SAPS.

LPR cameras assist tough CAP investigation

A white Citi Golf with two suspects involved in an armed robbery in Sydenham were captured on various cameras in the immediate surrounds. CAP collated post-incident footage and the suspect profiles and vehicle registration was placed in the LPR system.

On 28 May, the vehicle passed through various LPR cameras, triggering alerts to multiple tactical units in the area who responded, apprehending the vehicle in Orange Grove.

Glenvista serious crime apprehension

Vumacam’s LPR cameras were again successful in identifying a vehicle wanted in connection with a serious crime by Sandton SAPS. The vehicle was stopped by WAR security with Fox Security in assistance. The driver and vehicle were taken to Mondeor SAPS and then handed over to Sandton SAPS.

Data-led approach critical in nabbing four snatch and grab gangs across Johannesburg


Four snatch and grab crews were taken down by CAP across Johannesburg in the last two weeks. Using Vumacam footage and reports shared by security companies, a white Toyota Corolla was identified and linked to many incidents. The CAP Analytics department extracted data from the images and reports to launch a highly-targeted  operation to apprehend the criminals.

LPR technology from a Vumacam flagged the car in Berea and assisted one of CAP’s high-level Special Intervention Unit (SIU) teams to intercept the vehicle and the suspect. The SAPS  assisted by taking the suspect into custody and impounding the vehicle.

The vehicle has been linked to several snatch and grab incidents, including:

• Rothesay Avenue cnr Grosvenor Avenue Craighall
• Club Street Linksfield
• Mansion Street Glenhazel
• Corner of Argyle and Campbell Street
• A further linkage has been found to a crime committed in Booysens in May

The crew in question consisted of at least three suspects – one of which is now in police custody. The search for the remaining suspects will continue with SAPS. 

License Plate Recognition (LPR) technology sees Randburg apprehension of vehicle involved in multiple cases

A truck flagged by the SAPS was identified by Vumacam (LPR) technology on Grayston Drive in Sandton. Night Guard Tactical officers were dispatched to apprehend the truck in Randburg where SAPS were called out and the vehicle and suspect were apprehended.

SAPS confirmed that the vehicle has multiple cases outstanding against it.

Persistence yields results in Sandton arrest

A Vumacam LPR camera alert for a flagged BMW X6 at the corner of Maude and West Street in Sandton Johanneburg initially heeded no results. However following this initial intelligence, Servest officers reported that they had located the vehicle in the Michelangelo Hotel parking area later in the day.

SAPS were immediately dispatched to the scene and Servest, Night Guard and SAPS worked together in partnership to identify the driver who was located at the hotel and found in possession of a firearm. The suspect was taken into SAPS custody.