As you know, one of our core focus areas as a CID is to bring all parties in a community together so that we can lower crime levels and keep the streets safe and clean.
During the month of July, our GP/OKCID team continued with regular operations and made 11 good arrests, with the assistance of SAPS.
There has been a noted increase in the number of homeless people on the streets and in particular outside the Cape Quarter and BP on Somerset Road, possibly due to the number of people entering the shopping centre. We are well aware of the plight of the homeless and every effort is made to make sure they do not transgress the law.
The area between Napier and Jarvis Streets has had a constant influx of informal car guards, who not only attempt to extract a fee from you for looking after your car, but at times intimidate or harass people. Jointly with SAPS, these informal car guards are warned not to continue harassing members of the public, and if they continue they are then removed from the area as an instruction from SAPS.
On 5 July 2014, the GPCID patrol team noticed a stationary vehicle parked on Main Road, with the driver asleep inside. Once it was confirmed that both the driver and passenger were drunk, our staff, with the assistance of the Metro Police, were able to ensure their safety by delivering them to their place of residence.
If you ever feel unsafe or incapable of driving when leaving a night club or restaurant, rather get hold of the GP/OKCID team to assist you getting home safely by foot or car.
On 12 July, SAPS and our GP/OKCID team caught a suspect who broke into a car and attempted to steal the car along with a laptop. SAPS caught the suspect outside St George’s mall in the CBD. The suspect was arrested, the owner located, and her car and laptop were handed over to her.
On 18 July, the OKCID worked alongside SAPS to find the owner of a stolen car that was parked in Maple Street. The car was tracked down by its registration number, and the owner, who lives on Kloof Street, confirmed her car had been stolen.
We’d also like to remind you to avoid leaving any item in your car, whether it is a cell phone charger or merely pieces of paper, rather avoid attracting curiosity all together to help us reduce the number of thefts out of motor vehicles in our areas. Please do not open you window, even marginally, when approached by a stranger at a traffic light.