GPCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 214 3228

OKCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 217 1386

GP/OKCID security report – October 2021

In October, the GP/OKCID team assisted with 7 arrests, 14 planned operations with SAPS, 37 municipal services and 16 proactive actions.

There was a 47% increase in crime last month, with incidents primarily comprising of theft out of motor vehicles, muggings and house break-ins. Crime is expected to increase as we near closer to the festive season, as increased activity in the City Bowl and more tourists offer opportunistic criminals a greater chance of getting lucky. 

Our patrollers are prepared for an increase in criminal activity and we’ve increased the number of posts in hotspot areas. We’ll continue to monitor crime trends and shifting hotspots, and allocate patrollers as required. 

We’ve also noticed a significant increase in ATM fraud and card swiping throughout the City Bowl. Hotspots include the ATM at the Caltex Garage on Somerset Road, the ATM opposite McDonalds on Kloof Street, and the ATM at the Engen Garage on Kloof Street.

When committing ATM fraud or card swiping, a criminal’s modus operandi is to distract customers who are using an ATM by offering assistance or asking a question. The criminal will try to get close enough to view your PIN or grab your bank card and run. The card is then used repeatedly at ATMs until the daily cash withdrawal limit on the card is reached, after which high-value transactions are made at merchants.

Local authorities are aware of the increase in incidents of this nature, however, we urge residents and visitors to practice the following ATM safety tips to prevent falling victim to these crimes:

 

Last month, our GP/OKCID patrollers assisted with a number of properties and vehicles that were left unsecured. When a resident’s property or vehicle is found improperly secured, vulnerable to opportunistic criminals, our team goes out of their way to ensure the property or vehicle is guarded or secured until the owner has returned. 

For example, a resident’s garage was recently found wide open. Thankfully, one of our GPCID patrollers noticed the open garage in time and was able to secure the property, preventing theft of items inside the garage or a potential house break-in via the direct access door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During another shift, one of our OKCID patrollers noticed that a resident’s storeroom gate was left wide open with the keys still in the lock. 

The space contained a large quantity of renovation equipment, at risk of being stolen. Our patroller locked the storeroom and held onto the key before returning it to the owner early the following morning. Well done to these patrollers for acting proactively and helping to create a safer neighbourhood for all!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember to keep our 24/7 emergency numbers on hand to report any suspicious behaviour or call for assistance, should you feel unsafe:

GP CID PATROL VEHICLE: 082 214 3228

OK CID PATROL VEHICLE: 082 217 1386

 

 

 

 

GP/OKCID security report – September 2021

During the month of September, our team assisted with 14 arrests, 12 joint operations with SAPS, 25 municipal services and 10 pro-active actions.

We noted a significant increase in theft out of motor vehicles in our area. We also noted an increase in robberies within our areas. These figures are evidence of an increase in opportunistic crimes within our community, and we expect further increases as we near the festive season. 

With that being said, SAPS are aware of the increase in incidents and are in the process of generating an awareness campaign, which aims to guide the public and help prevent residents and visitors from falling victim to these crimes.

Local authorities are also taking note of the fact that robberies have become more aggressive. In response to this, we have actively increased the number of random body searches in both the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof areas, to help prevent these crimes from happening by confiscating all weapons that are found. 

We have also noticed a gradual increase in house break-ins, particularly in the Green Point area. 

According to GP/OKCID Security Manager, Marius Swanepoel, this has a lot to do with the increased movement within our community. “We predict that this is because criminals are taking advantage of heightened activity in the area. There is quite a lot of building and maintenance work going on at the moment and criminals seem to be taking advantage of all the movement, as they look less suspicious.” 

We urge residents to prioritise security measures around their homes. Check that your electric fencing is working, and consider placing detection beams or CCTV cameras throughout and around your property. CCTV cameras are particularly effective at deterring crime

To help decrease the level of crime occurring in our areas,  please remember to stay vigilant and alert at all times. Avoid walking around during the night, remove all valuables unattended in your car and make sure to check that you have locked your vehicle before walking away. 

Our team of 24/7 patrol officers are on high alert. We have several branded vehicles and foot patrollers that you will notice patrolling our neighbourhoods to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors. Should you ever need assistance or feel unsafe, please don’t hesitate to contact our emergency numbers. 

We are here to keep you safe – whenever you need us, 24/7, all year round.

GP CID PATROL VEHICLE 

082 214 3228

OK CID PATROL VEHICLE 

082 217 1386

High tech upgrade and more CCTV cameras to combat crime

Published on: Weekend Argus

Cape Town receives new CCTV surveillance cameras. Photographer: Armand Hough/African News Agency (ANA)

Cape Town – The City of Cape Town is undergoing a high-tech upgrade to combat crime with the addition of new CCTV cameras around the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof City Improvement District (GP/OKCID).

According to Securus Protection Services, 88 overview cameras and 16 Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) CCTV cameras will be installed around the De Waterkant and Oranje-Kloof areas by the end of September.

Since the GP/OKCID began expanding its network of only 25 cameras in 2018, a total of 20,805 suspicious incidents have been identified by the CCTV cameras and 1793 arrests made.

Securus Protection Services Contract Manager Dolph Venter said the additional cameras will be distributed throughout the city and suburban regions to help decrease petty crime that’s been of concern for residents, visitors, and business owners.

“Fitted with the latest and smartest technology, the cameras will be installed in crime hotspots that have been identified by the GP/OKCID. The cameras are connected to a fibre network, which feeds the video footage into GP/OKCID’s security partner, Securitas’ control room, where it is monitored in real time and stored for 7 Days . The control room functions 24/7 and is staffed by trained operators,” said Venter.

Green Point & Oranje-Kloof City Improvement District chief executive Marc Truss, said the aim was to improve the quality of life and safety of those in the city.

“Over the past five years, crime in De Waterkant and Gardens has experienced a 92% decrease. The footage recorded by our cameras helps us respond to a large number of the incidents that occur in our areas. When an incident takes place in an area monitored by one of our cameras, we’re able to refer back to the footage to identify who was involved and take note of the direction they go when they leave the scene.”

“Our network of CCTV cameras has always enabled us to track down criminals quickly and effectively. All of our cameras are monitored by Watchcom 24/7, who will alert us if they notice any suspicious activity. This has helped us prevent a number of crimes, as we continue to question and search for suspicious persons if we feel it’s necessary and find incriminating items on many occasions,” said Truss.

Metro Police spokesperson Ruth Solomons said that the use of advanced CCTV technology assists the City’s enforcement agencies in terms of crime prevention.

“CCTV footage is always known to provide vital information in criminal cases. The control room plays an integral part in identifying possible criminal activity and communicating the information to Metro Police officers on patrol. I think along with the new set of camera footage from CCTV cameras, it will enhance with intricate information on possible crime patterns and valuable intelligence gathering,” said Solomons.

Onward and upward with new patrol vehicles and dedicated senior patrollers

Last month, we appointed new dedicated senior patrollers to the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof areas, so that there is now at least one senior patroller in each area per shift, to provide visible policing and assist our public safety team when needed. Before, our public safety officers operated with only one senior patroller appointed to both areas each shift.

This change comes paired with the addition of three new branded patrol vehicles. In June, we received two new lock-up patrol vehicles – one to replace an old vehicle and one additional backup vehicle, and one new non-lock-up patrol vehicle to be used by the new senior patrollers.

While, previously, each area had one designated lock-up vehicle which could detain suspects as our patrollers waited for SAPS to perform an arrest, an additional backup lock-up vehicle ensures that our team is still able to operate in the case of a lock-up vehicle being out of order.

The old patrol vehicle which is being replaced will now be used as a dedicated maintenance bakkie with a trailer, used to transport equipment and refuse. This is another great improvement to our operation as, in the past, we had to use one of the lock-up patrol vehicles for maintenance, which temporarily hindered our security team.

Our new vehicles come as a result of years of financial support from the residents and business owners in the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof areas. A big thank you to those who contribute to our services each month, as it is because of you that we are able to purchase new assets that better equip us to cater to our areas’ needs! In turn, you are helping to maintain Green Point and Oranje-Kloof as some of the most sought-after areas in the Cape in which to live, work and play.

Now, each of our patrol vehicles is occupied by one mobile officer and a second-in-command, who we now also require to have a valid driver’s licence in case one of our mobile officers is unable to work. We have built a strong team of public safety patrollers over the years, and look forward to continuing to strengthen our team to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof areas.

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