Cape Town’s R25-million answer to crime-ridden Delft

January 26, 2018 | Brainwave Science


Delft features in the top 10 worst crime areas in Cape Town. There are 120 officers that patrol here daily. The cost for these dedicated safety teams rises to R25-million a year to operate in Delft alone. This law enforcement effort is the result of collaboration between the metro police, traffic, and stabilization units, all to curb gang wars, drugs and crime in this area.

The officers patrolling Delft are always looking for drugs, criminals or illegal weapons. A large number of criminals and criminal acts in this part of Cape Town makes law enforcement officers confront criminals who push back against this initiative. Since the operation began on December 11, 4 out of 6 officers from the patrol have been injured on duty, requiring hospital treatment and care.

While the locals are pleased with these new raids, they’re still afraid to talk about the criminal acts in their neighborhoods, as they fear that criminals will bomb their house or make them pay protection money.

“The goal is to systematically make the area safer‚ reduce petty crime and establish relationships with residents‚” said JP Smith, City of Cape Town mayoral committee member for safety and security. “It’s a package of interventions we hope will help lift Delft out of the 10 worst crime statistics suburbs because it can’t be the same communities year after year who get burdened by this type of crime.”

Since the beginning of this operation, law enforcement officers have made 30 arrests in connection with illegal firearms, ammunition, and drugs, while also confiscating hundreds of drug stashes. Smith also said that after approximately two years of patrolling‚ the teams will morph to adopt more of a governing role.



With the persisting criminal operations that take place in Delft constantly, law enforcement is confronted with the need for a strategy change. They have difficulties in finding and securing evidence to verify the suspects or even the victims or witnesses. While technological advancements have made the criminal a better criminal, police don’t have nearly enough resources to catch crooks to any meaningful extent. Most of the times, there is insufficient evidence or little time to find and gather these pieces of evidence, making the police inefficient in their goals.

While DNA and fingerprints are types of evidence considered to be highly accurate, they are only available in 1-2% of cases. This unfortunate mix of obstacles makes the law enforcement’s job to identify criminals before or after committing an act even harder. Interrogation oriented towards uncovering evidence after a crime is committed is a costly and poor way to infiltrate corrupt networks. Effective investigation and prosecution of criminal activities require proactive evidence collection and verification methods.

In this context of different challenges, specialized law enforcement needs a technological solution that can provide real results and bring in useful intelligence.




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The use of iCognative extents to 85-90% of cases and the technology can accurately match what is stored in a suspect’s memory with information provided by informants.

With the use of this innovative security solution, Cape Town law enforcement has an efficient tool that will help gather valuable intelligence from detained suspects. By standardizing the use of first-of-its-kind iCognative technology in investigations, officers will benefit from a scientific and objective means to resolve who exactly the perpetrators and accomplices are and their level of participation in any given crime. The involuntary brain response called P300 is the hallmark feature of the technology. The way the human brain functions fully eliminates all possible false negatives, false positives, and countermeasures.

This innovative technology can be a real support for the special Cape Town team, combining traditional enforcement methods with this new security standard. Moreover, its financial efficiency can help put the budget to good use.

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