GPCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 214 3228

OKCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 217 1386

GP/OKCID security report – March 2020

As we expected, there was a spike in crime in the last week of March, as lock down began, due to the destitute and vulnerable people on the streets gathering by stores that remain open and aggressively begging or becoming violent out of desperation. Another contributing factor is that some people continue to disobey lockdown rules, walking or driving around under the pretence that they’ve run out of essential items, amongst other excuses, and then some of them have had phones stolen or vehicles broken in to.

Total incidences of crime increased by 76,5% from March compared to February. Furthermore, from 26 March to 2 April 2020, there were 38 incidences of crime for general theft and suspicious persons or vehicles, which is 16,6% more than the average number per week in January and February 2020.

On a more positive note, there was a 66,7% increase in the relocation of individuals who were sleeping in the GP/OKCID area in March, and we were involved in planned operations with SAPS as well as coordinated emergency and medical assistance to those in need. Last month alone, our law enforcement officers (LEOs) issued 841 fines to the value of R786 500.

We are aware of the aggressive begging occurring outside open stores. We urge you to ignore their pleas for assistance, and to rather assist through a known NGO that serves the community with a variety of programs that are in place, including dedicated drop off areas or collections points.

The majority of the destitute and vulnerable people on the streets are currently being moved to a place of safety in Strandfontein by the City of Cape Town under the ‘lockdown order’ through a comprehensive program that will provide a roof over their heads, meals, social distancing measures, screening for COVID-19, medical assistance, and other services that may apply.

Our team is being as proactive as possible, and we ask that you all obey the instructions by our President, for the sake of your family, friends, and the wider community’s health and safety.

Remember to keep our 24 patrol vehicle numbers on hand for assistance:

GP CID PATROL VEHICLE

082 214 3228

OK CID PATROL VEHICLE

082 217 1386

How to lower your utility bills and save money

There’s never any harm in saving a little bit of money at the end of each month, especially in our current circumstances. One way to do this is by lowering your utility bills, which is easier than you may think – really all you need to do is become a little more mindful of your habits. Use these tips from our team as a guide to slashing your next bill.

Dress for the occasion

Don’t be hesitant to dress down a little more than usual when it’s hot outside, rather than amping up the aircon. While you’re in the comfort of your own home, there is more room to wear lighter clothing as opposed to stuffy work pants and closed shoes. Once you begin using your outfit as a means of regulating your temperature before skipping straight to an electricity-draining appliance, you’ll find that it’s possible to keep cool and comfortable without unnecessarily running up your electricity bill.

Limit your shower time

We know how tempting it is to stand under the warm stream of water,, especially as autumn sets in and our mornings get colder. But showers can use anything between 6 and 45 liters per minute, so bear that in mind when you’re in no rush to get out from under that warm water. Another easy way to save water in the shower is by turning the water off when you don’t need it, like when you’re lathering your shampoo, or scrubbing yourself off.

Lower the temperature on your geyser

Your geyser is responsible for distributing hot water to sinks, showers, dishwashers and washing machines. You may find that a large portion of your electricity bill goes towards your geyser maintaining a constant store of hot water in its tank. By lowering your geyser’s temperature to roughly 45 degrees Celsius, you can shave some of the expense off of your electricity bill. Another way to save money on your geyser is to turn it off whenever you go on holiday or even leave your house for the day. Just remember to turn it back on when you get home and give it 30 minutes to heat up again before you can run hot water.

Use grey water to flush your toilets

Although water restrictions may not currently be at their most severe, using the grey water from your shower to flush your toilets every now and then could save you a Rand or two. Old cisterns can use between 9 and 12 liters per flush, while new ones use about 6. It really doesn’t hurt to leave a bucket in your shower to catch grey water, soon you won’t even notice it. Plus, moving the full bucket to the toilet afterwards can act as your arm workout for the day!

Use your appliances strategically

This point can prove to be very helpful when trying to lower your electric bill. Everything from the dishwasher to the tumble dryer can be used in a way that reduces expense. When using the tumble dryer, make sure that you dry loads of clothing consecutively, rather than waiting between loads, as this ensures that the machine remains a more constant temperature instead of having to heat itself up again each time. When loading the dishwasher, make sure that it is at maximum capacity each time you do a wash, rather than doing two half washes. When making a cup of tea, fill the kettle up based on how many cups you’re making – there’s no need to boil a full kettle when you’re only making one cup.

Always remain on the lookout for dripping taps

Leaks waste water. A slow dripping tap may not appear to be much of an issue, but you’ll be surprised how much water you could be wasting. It goes without saying that any wasted water will have quite an impact on your water bill, and wouldn’t you rather be using those 8 extra liters a day than (literally) letting them go down the drain? Even if that leak really doesn’t pose as much of a problem right now, remember that almost every leak will always worsen over time if left alone.

Support local – make the switch

While measures taken by the South African government are appropriate and necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19, small businesses everywhere, including those in our areas, are suffering.

However, where there’s a will there’s a way, and many of these businesses have adjusted their offering to introduce contactless service. Read our latest newsletter for a list of the medical facilities, supermarkets and pharmacies in the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof areas that are still open during lockdown. Now it’s up to us to support them and help them survive in these tricky times.

Beyond helping our small businesses remain afloat through this crisis and limiting the spread of COVID-19 by reducing our movement within Cape Town, supporting local has benefits that will outlive this pandemic. The movement of consumers from large businesses to local farmers, craftsmen and other retailers, stimulates the South African economy in more ways than you might predict.

How you can support local businesses now:

  • Consider paying for things in advance by purchasing gift cards for when lockdown is over and you’re back to your usual routine of morning coffees at the local café or weekly boxing classes. This gives you something to look forward to, and their cashflow a real boost.
  • Shop online. We all need to eat but consider avoiding the crowds and purchasing essentials online. Here are a few locals we’re loving:

https://dailygoodsstore.org/

https://thevegboxcompany.co.za/

https://www.wildorganics.co.za/

https://buyfresh.co.za/

  • Work out at home. Many local workout studios are offering online classes, some even for free! Whether you’re paying for an online workout or providing them with exposure by gushing to your friends about that free class you did, you’re helping a small company. To feel the burn, we recommend:

@iamdrenched free live Instagram workouts

@themovementlab_sa free live Instagram Pilates classes

@theyogalife’s live streaming classes. Be sure to book your spot on the MINDBODY App.

Local businesses drive innovation

Since a lot of small business owners operate in the same communities they live in, they have first-hand knowledge of their community’s wants, needs and challenges, according to Entrepreneur.com. This empowers them to solve the problems, wants and needs on their doorstep.

Small businesses have a more direct connection to their consumers and thus work to meet these specific needs in ways that are best for the local customer, economy and environment (for the most part). Beyond their size, small businesses are defined by their ethos of creating the products, services and solutions they’re passionate about and their small innovations drive our economy and the world forward.

Economic impact

When you shop locally your money remains in your community, and a strong local economy is essential for bringing about community development. KANTAR SA’s Barometer Research from March 2020 states that consumers are already shifting towards shopping local since COVID-19, because with health becoming a greater fear, they’re paying more attention to the origin of the products they buy. Maybe, local really is lekker.

Right now, with our decisions about where to spend our money we have the power to help our economy stay afloat by giving small businesses the best chance of recovery once we have overcome the pandemic.

Social impact

Local businesses can preserve their community’s character, rather than allowing it to be overtaken by the homogenising force of multinational companies. By supporting the little guys, you ensure that your community’s unique quirks and perks are preserved.

Sustainability

Smaller businesses are generally more transparent due to a shorter value chain (manufacturer-to-consumer journey). This means more sustainable materials and suppliers. You may pay slightly more for these goods compared to those sold by big chains, but you’re paying for the quality, and the peace of mind from knowing that your goods were produced ethically.

Better customer service

Big companies are driven to pay their shareholders a large return. As a result, customer service and satisfaction isn’t always the top priority. You’re often dealing with people who are far removed from the decision-making process. For a small business, however, every customer matters. As a result, they will generally provide a much more personal in-store experience and customer service that is taken seriously. In some cases, shopper and entrepreneur will be directly interacting.

Yes, we’re currently facing a very challenging situation, but aren’t we so lucky to have so many brilliant small businesses on our doorstep? Who knows, you may end up discovering your new favourite local! Post a comment and let us know what you discover, and which businesses you are supporting in our area.

GP/OKCID fully functioning during lockdown

The GP/OKCID, in partnership with all our service providers, both from an operational and social upliftment point of view are fully functional during the SA lockdown period and have put specific measures in place to make members of the public and staff aware of the seriousness of COVID-19.

Please download the relevant documentation via the SA government Coronavirus portal.

REPORT A PROBLEM

If you have information about any suspicious behaviour or witness a crime please report it to us immediately. Please provide as much detail as possible.