SA builds walls against crime. Colombia builds ways to prevent it

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SA builds walls against crime. Colombia builds ways to prevent it

FREE TO READ | Joburg and Medellin are both very violent cities, but in Medellin things are getting better. This is why

Kim Harrisberg and Anastasia Moloney

Mothibi Pheko’s gun rested across his bulletproof vest as he patrolled a lush Johannesburg suburb backed by an array of hi-tech tools to combat SA’s notoriously violent thieves.

As he pulled over to check on residents, staff in the nearby control room monitored surveillance camera feeds from the properties.

“We are proactive when it comes to crime prevention, not only reactive,” said Pheko, who works with local security firm 7Arrows, pointing out several closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras on different corners of the Sandown gated community...

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