There was a significant increase in crime in August, with 26 total incidents. These incidents are largely made up of opportunistic crimes like general theft or theft out of motor vehicles.
“Both the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof areas experienced a spike in theft out of motor vehicles in August. There are lots of people walking around on our streets during the day and at night looking for opportunities to steal, regardless of curfew. While our patrollers have been on high alert and made some great arrests in August, we urge residents and visitors to take all measures to avoid falling victim to this crime.” – GP/OKCID Security Manager, Marius Swanepoel.
We have also noticed an increase in ATM fraud. “There are groups of criminals who operate all around the City Bowl. When they see security personnel, they simply move on to the next area. Our patrollers are aware of the well-known groups, and we monitor local ATMs on our CCTV cameras, to respond to these groups proactively and prevent incidents of ATM fraud,” says Marius.
To avoid becoming a victim of ATM fraud, please take the following precautions:
- Don’t accept help from strangers.
- Never divulge your PIN to anyone.
- Use ATMs in well-lit areas, where you feel comfortable.
- Don’t let anyone or anything distract you. If you are disturbed while using an ATM, cancel the transaction immediately and report the incident using your bank’s stop-card toll-free number.
In August, arrests were also made for drinking and driving. We warn residents about the City’s four new by-laws, which were unanimously approved and adopted on 2 September 2021. The amended traffic by-law now makes provision for the impoundment of vehicles in instances where drivers are under the influence of alcohol, drive in a reckless and/or negligent manner or participate in illegal street racing.
Our patrollers and vehicles are always in close proximity, and we urge the community to contact us for any form of help at any time of the day or night. Be sure to keep our 24/7 emergency contact details on you at all times.
GP CID PATROL VEHICLE
082 214 3228
OK CID PATROL VEHICLE
082 217 1386