“Security starts with yourself,” according to Marius Swanepoel, Green Point and Oranje-Kloof City Improvement District (GP/OKCID) Security Manager. He goes on to say, “Do not leave anything in your vehicle; take your bag with you – don’t think it’s smart moving it to the boot. People are watching you; don’t leave valuables in your car. Know your surroundings. Be alert.”
As mentioned in security reports preceding the festive season fun, theft out of motor vehicles has been one of the biggest battles of crime in the Mother City. The fight continues as the GP/OKCID pushes to boost awareness of this avoidable incident. As we press into January and further into 2017, it’s important that we keep these simple and strategic things in mind.
Looking back at the month of December, the biggest challenge was robberies against tourists. All that considered though the stats didn’t spike as high as anticipated, and the numbers actually dipped compared to the year before. There were a lot more security members deployed in strategic areas and special attention was paid to hotspots like Cape Quarter, Rose Street and busy areas in the CBD.
The collaboration between GP/OKCID, SAPS, Law Enforcement, Essential, De Waterkant Civic Association and members of the public was a near-seamless operation. There has been a notable increase in involvement from the community and it has made all the difference.
Going forward there will be an increase in the security team complement, more security cameras being put up and stricter and more strategic patrol schedules. Marius adds, “When people feel like they contribute to making the city better they feel like they matter. There is a sense of urgency and the need for better communication in Cape Town overall and we’re doing our part.” Here’s to taking the festive season fun with us into 2017.