GPCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 214 3228

OKCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 217 1386

How to improve home security with outdoor lighting

When it comes to effective home security solutions, outdoor lighting is one of the most effective ways to improve the safety of your home. By simply erecting a number of high-voltage bulbs around the perimeter of your home, you can significantly decrease your vulnerability and ward off intruders.

Outdoor lighting is an effective enhancement to your existing home security system, however, there are some tips that you should keep in mind to truly reap all of its benefits!

The reality of outdoor lighting

Unfortunately, as desperation within the City Bowl grows, it’s become increasingly necessary that homeowners take extra precautions to protect their homes and families. Especially as we approach the festive season, where opportunistic crimes – more specifically burglaries – are expected to rise.

Something that we’ve found to have a notable impact on the likelihood of a property being broken into is whether or not adequate outdoor lighting has been installed.   

Garden lighting, home exterior lighting, and property perimeter lighting all play an important role in keeping a home safe and secure. Not only are criminals easier to spot at night when there is sufficient outdoor lighting, but they are deterred from approaching these lit-up spaces in the first place. So, if you’re upgrading your home security, consider including a few quality LED security lights to give your property an extra layer of protection. 

How to choose the correct outdoor lighting

When it comes to choosing which kind of outdoor lighting is best for your home, you will find that there are several options available to you. Outdoor lighting varies in capability, size, and functionality. Before you rush out and purchase anything, it is important that you determine exactly what your outdoor lighting needs are and which products can best cater to them.

There are a number of lighting stores in and around the Green Point area, such as Village Home & Hardware at the Cape Quarter or Eagle Lighting at the top of Long Street. Pop into their stores for help or advice.

Some popular outdoor lighting options include:

  •         Landscape illumination lights
  •         Mounted illumination lights
  •         Floodlights
  •         Step lights
  •         Lamp posts

Where to place your outdoor lighting

Once you have found lighting solutions best suited to your home, it is time to decide where you’re going to place them. The placement of your outdoor lighting will ultimately determine how effective they are at improving your home security.

Below are a few areas for you to consider:

–          All entrances, doorways, driveways, sliding doors and exits

–          Backyard spaces including decks and balconies

–          High bushes and trees

If you have any placement concerns, it’s best to rely on the expertise of your home’s security provider.

Maintaining your outdoor lighting

Your outdoor lighting system can only help improve the safety of your home if it is maintained. Too often, household security systems are neglected, leaving properties vulnerable.  It’s important that security measures are maintained, particularly if you’d like to make a claim from insurance.

Regularly check that none of your lightbulbs have died and make sure that you keep spares on hand for when you need to switch them out.

We recommend opting for energy-efficient light bulbs here – not only are they a great way to reduce your carbon emissions, but they last a lot longer and tend to be brighter.

Finally, it is essential that you choose outdoor lighting that can withstand Cape Town weather. From heavy winds to torrential rain, it is important that your equipment can withstand the elements.

Final thoughts on outdoor lighting for safety

The unfortunate reality is that, in South Africa, crime is very much a part of our reality. We can better ensure our safety with the addition of a few simple security precautions. When we work together to show criminals that they are not welcome in our neighbourhood and do not offer them easy opportunities to break the law, we can help to eradicate the problem and improve the safety of our community at large.

SA moves to alert level 3

In his address to the nation on Monday, 28 December 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country would move to adjusted Alert Level 3 lockdown regulations. This comes in response to the spike in infections as a second wave of the pandemic takes hold in our communities. The Level 3 regulations have been amended to accommodate the continued operation of most sectors of the economy, and also make it a legal requirement for all persons to wear masks when out in public. Cape Town has also been declared a COVID-19 hotspot area.

Summary of amended Alert Level 3 regulations:

  • Extended curfew: All residents are required to stay at home between 21:00 and 06:00, except for essential workers or in the case of emergencies. Businesses must close by 20:00.
  • Ban on alcohol sales: The sale, distribution and transportation of alcohol is prohibited. The restriction includes the sale or consumption of alcohol in bars, restaurants and other venues. All nightclubs, bars, taverns, shebeens and other establishments that only trade in alcohol are closed.
  • Closure of public facilities: All beaches, dams, rivers and public swimming pools are closed in hotspot areas. Municipal sports facilities are also closed. Pools in enclosed resorts are exempt and may remain open.
  • Legal requirement to wear a mask: The amended regulations require all persons to wear a mask when in public. Failure to do so is an offence punishable by law and may result in a fine and/or imprisonment.
  • Ban on indoor and outdoor events: All indoor and outdoor events and gatherings are prohibited for 14 days, except funerals which are limited to a maximum of 50 persons.

The Alert Level 3 regulations came into effect on Tuesday, 29 December 2020 and will be reviewed on 15 January 2021. View the Government Notice on the amended Alert Level 3 regulations. It is vital that we all support the national effort to reduce infections. For detailed information on the amended Alert Level 3 restrictions, please visit the National Government COVID-19 website.

Going big: what are you planning for Mandela Day?

 

‘There can be no greater gift than that of giving one’s time and energy to help others without expecting anything in return.’ – Nelson Mandela

The 18th of July is officially Nelson Mandela Day. The birthday of the legend himself has been officially recognised internationally as a day for giving back in honour of what Tata Madiba sacrificed for us as a nation.

It may seem like a long way off but let’s be honest, this year has flown, we’re already almost half way through June! As the Green Point City Improvement District, we have decided to get the ball rolling and inspire our local residents to plan in advance. Take a look at some of the amazing initiatives that have happened in our area in the past.

 

Food first

Everybody knows that a nutritious meal can make a world of difference in difficult circumstances. The Yumcious kitchen located at the Cape Quarter certainly does. That’s why they put together delicious meals for the homeless. Last year, the public came together to make 1 000 litres of soup or bake muffins to be sold on the day to raise money for The Haven night shelter.

Armed with knives, chopping boards, potato peelers and ingredients, all vounteers met at the Cape Quarter – headquarters of Yumcious.

Last year the event ran from 10am to 2pm. Granted this slightly exceeds the allocated 67 minutes of giving back but every year the result is a delicious and nutritious meal for the many struggling citizens in our city.

 

Lend an ear

Atlantic Hope, a safe house for vulnerable babies, annually requests trauma counsellors, psychologists, nurses, night carers or secretarial workers to step in and assist them on Mandela Day.

olunteers that work with this organisation take in vulnerable babies. The support is always greatly welcomed in this highly emotional environment. If you have a free moment this Mandela Day and this cause is close to your heart, consider sending them an email. If you aren’t able to offer physical expertise, nappy donations are always welcome!

Get in contact with them by visiting their website: http://atlantichope.co.za/contact/

 

Mzananda animal clinic kennel building

Granted this is not located anywhere near Green Point, we selected this initiative as an option for the animal lovers amongst us. The Mzananda animal clinic has spent the last few Mandela Days building kennels for the pups in the townships.

If you don’t mind a bit of sweat and elbow grease in the name of a good cause, then get involved. Bring a hammer per person, measuring tape, pencil and paint brushes. The wood, kennel building designs and other essential materials will be supplied.

For more information on helping man’s best friend visit their website: https://www.mdzananda.co.za/contact-us

 

100 Opportunities for Mandela Day

To sum our Mandela Day suggestions, if none of our aforementioned suggestions catch your eye, there is an online platform that is dedicated to making the search a little easier. Take a look and get involved: www.forgood.co.za

 

Remember that what you do for Mandela Day is not as important as the heart behind it, whatever you choose to get involved in on the 18th of July, make sure it is aligned with Madiba’s rules:

  • Free yourself.
  • Free others.
  • Serve.
  • Get everyone involved… (okay we added this one, but still great advice.)

Have fun!

 

AUGUST SECURITY REPORT for Green Point & Oranje-Kloof, Cape Town

There were 18 successful arrests made in August, and 59 criminal and municipal incidents reported in the GP/OKCID area. Our teams are hard at work – 24/7 – to make the city cleaner and safer!

The criminal activity with the highest frequency is theft out of motor vehicles, with 12 incidents reported last month. We urge you to never leave valuables in your car and to park in a well-lit, visible area when possible.

The second most commonly reported incident is motor vehicle accidents, with six reports last month. Keep these three things in mind whenever you are behind the wheel:

  • Always drive with your headlights on.
  • Drive with more caution when it’s raining.
  • Keep a safe following distance at all times.

There were three arrests made for possession of illegal substances. Drug abuse is generally connected to further criminal activity, and so we encourage you to immediately report any suspicious behaviour relating to illegal substances.

If you care about your community and would like to be part of our continued efforts to improve the area, why not become a board member? You can make a real impact and always be abreast of what’s happening nearby. All we need from you is attendance at four board meetings a year. Find out more information here.

GP CID PATROL VEHICLE (24 HRS)

082 214 3228

OK CID PATROL VEHICLE (24 HRS)

082 217 1386

Drought crisis: level 4 water restrictions recommended

The City’s Mayoral Committee has today recommended that Council adopt Level 4 water restrictions which would ban all use of municipal water for outside and non-essential use.

The City warns all water users to use municipal water for essential washing, cooking and drinking purposes only as dam levels are critical and consumption remains far too high.

It has been recommended that the associated Level 4 water and sanitation restriction tariffs be implemented as of 1 July 2017, subject to approval as part 2017/’18 Budget Process by Council.

This table provides a comparison between Level 3b and Level 4 water restrictions:

Categories Level 3b Level 4
Irrigation with municipal drinking water Tuesday and Saturdays for an hour, before 09:00 or after 18:00using a bucket or watering can

-Prohibited within 48 hours of adequate-saturation rainfall

Prohibited
Irrigation with non-potable water -Strongly encouraged to follow same rules as potable water

-Prohibited within 48 hours of adequate-saturation rainfall

 

-To be used by City departments

-Strongly encouraged only on Tuesday and Saturdays before 09:00or after 18:00 for an hour

-Discouraged for 7 days after adequate-saturation rainfall

 

-To be used by City departments

Bathroom No restriction Flushing toilets with non-potable water (e.g. greywater or rainwater) encouraged
Water features Use of municipal drinking water strongly discouraged Use of municipal drinking water prohibited
Swimming pools -Manual top up only if fitted with pool cover

-Use of portable play pools prohibited

 

– Pool covers for public swimming pools strongly encouraged

-Top-up, filling or refilling prohibited

– Use of portable play pools prohibited

 

– Pool covers for public swimming pools strongly encouraged

Washing vehicles – Commercial car wash industries must comply with industry best practice norms– Informal car washes to use only buckets and not hosepipes – Prohibited with municipal drinking water– Car wash businesses may apply for exemption
Facilities -Spray parks to be strictly managed

-Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools and learning institutions are not allowed to establish new landscaping or sports fields, except if irrigated only with non-potable water

– Operation of spray parks prohibited

-Golf courses, sports facilities, parks, schools and learning institutions are not allowed to establish new landscaping or sports fields, except if irrigated only with non-potable water

Indigent water allocation Free 350 litres Free 350 litres
Overall consumption per person No restriction 100 litres/person/day strongly encouraged

‘Use water only for drinking, cooking and essential washing. The intensified restriction also specifically makes reference to a limit on water use for these purposes to 100 litres or less per person per day. Please don’t flush your toilet unnecessarily as 10 flushes per day, for example, would almost be your entire water allocation for the day.

‘Furthermore, we expect water users who are making use of borehole water for irrigation to do so only on designated days as uncontrolled use of non-potable water affects us all. The City does however not regulate borehole use and it is a national government competency. Filling or topping up of pools is prohibited under Level 4 restrictions.

‘We need all Capetonians to pay heed to our warning that we are in a serious predicament at the moment. We cannot watch four million water users in the city 24/7. Behind closed doors is also where many misuses and contraventions will occur, as we’ve seen from the previous restrictions. Every single drop that is wasted or saved, is making a difference to our dam levels,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Informal Settlements, Water and Waste Services; and Energy, Councillor Xanthea Limberg.

The proposed fines to accompany Level 4 restrictions are subject to Council and the Chief Magistrate’s approval. It ranges between R1 000 and R5 000. Most of the fines have been increased from R0 and R2 000 to R1 000  and R3 000 to R5 000 respectively because of the severity of the situation at hand. The City hopes that the Magistrate will determine the fine schedules as suggested.

The limit for a spot fine is R5 000, but the courts may determine a fine of up to R10 000 on conviction.

The City continues with its pressure reduction programmes across the metro which forcibly reduces supply at a given time. Other emergency interventions are under way, and if required, the City will start to implement a lifeline supply of water across the metro.

Over this coming week consumption must be brought down by 100 million litres of water per day.

Residents may contact the City via email to water@capetown.gov.za for queries or to report contraventions of the water restrictions (evidence should be provided to assist the City’s enforcement efforts) or they can send an SMS to 31373.

For further information, residents should please visit the water restrictions page on the City’s website: www.capetown.gov.za/thinkwater. Alternatively you can view and download the following documents:

Water restriction guidelines

Water restriction FAQ

Water restriction special exemption application form

APRIL SECURITY REPORT for Green Point & Oranje-Kloof

OVERVIEW

We’re proud to report that in April there were 23 successful arrests made. There were also just 49 criminal incidents reported in the GP/OKCID area, which is a 5% decrease in crime in the area from March to April.

HOTSPOTS

Theft out of motor vehicles remains the most common criminal activity, with 28 incidents reported in April. This equates to a car being broken into almost daily. The hotspots for windows being smashed and goods stolen are:

  • Nicol Street
  • New Church Street
  • Long Street
  • Somerset Road
  • Union Street
  • Rose Street
  • Strand Street
  • Park Road

OUR TEAM

We’d also like to commend Siviwe Gobeni, one of our foot patrol officers, for outstanding service. Marc Truss, our chief executive, recently expressed his gratitude to this invaluable team member, saying: “He goes above and beyond to protect people and their homes – he puts his life on the line and takes initiative. It’s very admirable.” Gobeni has made six arrests over the past three months. “He’s admired for his exceptional reporting skills and team communication, with a shining reputation for being alert and quick to respond in a crisis. He is one of our best assets,” said our operations manager, Percy Mokoena.

HERE TO HELP

If we can assist you in any way, please let us know. We’re happy to help wherever we can, whether that means cleaning up a certain area or even just walking you to your car. If you care about your community and would like to be part of our continued efforts to improve the area, why not become a board member? You can make a real impact, meet new people, and always be abreast of what’s happening nearby, and all we need from you is attendance at four board meetings a year.

GREEN POINT

Patrol vehicle (24 hours): 082 214 3228

Operational managers: 071 670 3019/ 072 944 6811

ORANJE-KLOOF

Patrol vehicle (24 hours): 082 217 1386

Operational managers: 071 670 3019/ 072 944 6811

8 ARRESTS IN GREEN POINT AND ORANJE-KLOOF IN NOVEMBER

According to our November statistics, the crime rate has increased slightly with 25 reported incidents last month and 20 reported incidences the previous month.  With the assistance of SAPS, residents and neighbourhood watches, we were able to arrest 8 suspects. SAPS profiled other suspects at the central police station, however there wasn’t enough evidence to arrest the suspects. We ask that victims of crimes please go down to the police station with SAPS to open a case during the summer holidays.

With December holidays in full swing the crime levels tend to increase, which means residents need to be more vigilant while out and about in Cape Town. Public parking in the city is a major issue and if you do park on the street during the festive season while out for dinner we strongly encourage you to remove any and all belongings from the vehicle.

If you ever feel unsafe or witness a car accident or crime, give one of our GP/OKCID operations managers a call immediately on 071 670 3019/ 072 944 6811. Be sure to tell visitors to save these numbers on their phone as well.

Here’s a summary of incidents reported last month:

In Green Point on 19 November a suspect stole a number of belongings from De Waterkant Cottages on Napier Street. The residents of the cottages phoned our GPCID operational manager to report that two laptops, money and a cellphone were stolen from them while staying the night. SAPS Constable Kolo and Booi were on the scene the early the next morning to open a case. We strongly encourage tourists to make sure that their doors and windows are securely locked when going to bed as criminals can enter without force.

On 7 November one of our OKCID officers apprehended a suspect on the corner of Krynauw and Camp Streets who was sleeping inside a white Mazda. SAPS Ngomani was on the scene immediately to arrest the suspect who had broken into the car.

On Upper Union Street on 28 November a pedestrian was threatened by two suspects. The OKCID officers apprehended the suspect and took him down to central police station for questioning. SAPS Constable Morwanyane gave a warning to the two suspects and our OKCID officers have taken note of these suspects in case they see them in the area again.

On 10, 22 and 23 November we conducted a joint operation with SAPS in both Green Point and Oranje-Kloof, to clean up both areas and remove vagrants from residential areas and under the half bridge.

If you ever witness a crime or accident in your area or have any further information, please contact us immediately.

GP/OKCID contributes to a 30% reduction in criminal incidents in 2019

The Green Point and Oranje-Kloof City Improvement Districts (GP/OKCIDs) can be proud of the significant role they’ve played in reducing crime in the Mother City over the past year.

 

There has been a noteworthy reduction of 30.5% in all criminal incidents in the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof areas compared to 2018. The 24-hour GP/OKCID security teams have also made an impressive 510 arrests this year and issued a total of 15 308 traffic fines with a rand value of R11 012 600,00.

 

The role of a City Improvement District (CID) is to work closely with all role players, in order to provide supplementary assistance in terms of security, cleansing, social intervention, upgrading and improving public spaces between buildings.

 

With strong relationships and open communication channels with SAPS and the City of Cape Town, the GPCID (established in 2001) and OKCID (established early in 2002), are proud of the results of their collective efforts. “It takes collaboration of all role players to ensure that our streets are clean and safe, and a committed team that show up and do their best every single day,” says Marc Truss, Chief Executive of the GP/OKCID.

 

Business and property owners have also experienced the difference that the GP/OKCID has made, and the value they have added to their operations and properties. A cleaner and safer environment creates more opportunity for our commercial and retail component, supported by an increase in tourist activity, which in turn boosts the area’s economy.

 

“The Oranje-Kloof area is, literally and figuratively, paving the way forward. Apart from the safety factor, the GP/OKCID has really focused on beautifying the area – I believe they                     both feed off one another.” shares Chris Boje, owner of Van Hunks restaurant in Kloof Street.

 

“The presence of the GP/OKCID is heavily felt in the area. From the perspective of the tourism industry, their presence helps make guests feel safe, secure, and aware of their surroundings. They can walk out of their guest house and it feels clean and beautiful.” – Deon de Wet, of Village n Life Realty

 

“I’ve definitely noticed more patrols in the area, and so we feel more of a security presence throughout the day and at night. That makes the world of a difference to the safety within the area.” – Kim Whitaker, owner of At Once in Cape Town

 

“From a property owner’s point of view, the GP/OKCID has made our area safer with an increased presence of visible security. They’ve also allowed tourists to move more freely through better protection from unsavoury elements.” – Brett Shaw, owner of Barefoot Capital

 

“Our job is not just a 9 to 5 type of business; it runs 24/7 and we need to remain vigilant and committed to making a difference, whilst playing a supportive role to our community. We encourage our residents and property owners to contact us if they have any concerns, and to take a moment to praise our members who go above and beyond their duties day in and day out,” concludes Marc Truss.

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.