GPCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 214 3228

OKCID 24/7 emergency number: 082 217 1386

The GPCID turns 20

On the 15th of July, the GPCID celebrated its 20th birthday after two decades of operating in the Green Point and De Waterkant areas.

Since the GPCID was formed in 2001, we’ve worked alongside SAPS and the City of Cape Town to make Green Point and De Waterkant two of the most sought-after suburbs to live, work and play. Each month, we provide extra security and cleaning services, while constantly improving the areas through actions like planting trees, repaving and promoting local businesses.

For the past 20 years, we’ve run a 24/7 operation and are committed to making a real difference in our community. We believe that our work has paid off, as we’ve watched our area transform from one that was predominantly industrial to one which surged in popularity and can now be compared to global hotspots like London’s SOHO and New York’s Tribeca.

Building close relationships with residents, the City and corresponding agencies, like Law Enforcement, Traffic and Metro Police, has been instrumental to our success. We’re happy to have seen a significant decrease in the relative level of criminal activity in our areas year on year.

Our public safety patrollers provide a valuable visible policing presence to the area which has helped to deter opportunistic crime, such as house break-ins and theft out of cars.

On top of this, each month, they report a number of properties and vehicles left improperly secured or with valuable items on display. In these cases, our patrollers take it upon themselves to personally guard the property until they are able to locate and alert the individual concerned.

Looking back, no two days are ever the same. We are constantly faced with new, complex challenges, particularly over the past year due to the pandemic, but our team continues to take each new day in their stride.

We’d like to express our appreciation to all the residents and business owners in Green Point and De Waterkant for their ongoing support over the years – here’s to the next 20 years of making Green Point and De Waterkant better areas to live, work and play!

GP/OKCID receives five-year contract renewal

Published on: The Atlantic Sun

Green Point and Oranje-Kloof City Improvement Districts (GP/OKCID) has had its contract renewed for five years by the City of Cape Town.

Chief executive, Marc Truss, says strong relationships with the City, SAPS, Law Enforcement, Traffic and Metro police have always formed the foundation of everything they do.

“However, what gives us our sustainable competitive advantage is that we’re able to build relationships with individual business owners and residents in our area, and support them in various ways when they need help.

“Looking forward, we want to make sure that everyone in our areas knows about the GP/OKCID, what we do and that they are always welcome to contact us. For example, if they have a flat battery in their car and need it to be jump-started; to clear overgrown trees or litter on their street; or for responsive 24/7 security assistance should they feel at risk.

“This real-time correspondence with our community allows us to address the issues quickly and effectively, and help make the area a better one to live, work and play for all.”

Mr Truss says additional challenges have developed as a result of the pandemic and the GP/OKCID wants to be part of the solution – whether it’s addressing the issue around homelessness or helping small businesses get back on their feet. “We can do this by leveraging our network and connecting people to those that may be able to help if we can’t do it ourselves.”

GP/OKCID security manager, Marius Swanepoel, says they take a proactive approach to combating crime.

“In the next few years, we plan to use more cameras, increase the number of vehicles we have on the road with active patrols and carry out more crime operations in both areas.”

Ward 115 councillor, Ian McMahon, says Green Point and De Waterkant residents feel comforted the GPCID will offer top-up services for five more years.

“Working so closely with Marc Truss, as councillor, I see the positive impact that is delivered to all in the GPCID area, and added to that is the proposed boundary extension that will shortly happen to offer these services to more residents and businesses of Green Point.”

Contact the GP/OKCID 24/7 patrollers to report suspicious activity or for assistance:

GPCID patrol vehicle (24hr): 082 214 3228

OK CID patrol vehicle (24hr): 082 217 1386

Combatting crime at the quarry

The Strand Street Quarry ultimately formed the foundation of Cape Town as we know it. The slate from which the Castle of Good Hope was built comes from there. The City has recognised that the land is currently “underutilised and requires regular policing and maintenance at a cost to the City.” However, all past plans have dried up due to a lack of funding, or the restrictions in accordance with the National Heritage status and cultural and religious significance of the site. Today the Strand Street quarry is more widely linked to crime, littering and vagrancy.

We at the Green Point City Improvement District have recently been heavily involved in a joint crime prevention operation held at the quarry. This began as a response to complaints from residents of Green Point and De Waterkant, and was undertaken in partnership with members of SAPS, Metro Police, traffic services, City law enforcement and the City’s canine unit.

Crime stemming from the national heritage site has been steadily increasing over the past few years. There has been a further escalation recently following the release of a number of criminals during lockdown. Some of these individuals have been hiding out and operating from the Strand Street quarry. The City’s CCTV unit reports that the camera on Hout Street frequently assists in identifying suspects, who are often found to be living at the quarry. Incidents of crime captured by the camera range from petty theft and public drinking to drug dealing and fighting.

In August 2020, we assisted with the arrest of nine perpetrators. Three of these were charged with the possession of dangerous weapons, including a large sword and a butcher’s knife, and two were involved in drug-related offences. Four of the nine offenders were illegal immigrants. Police also identified a 13-year-old child living at the quarry, who was removed and taken to safety under the Child Care Act.

Our CEO, Marc Truss, had the following to say about the current situation faced by the Strand Street Quarry: “A number of operations occur at 04h30 in the morning, then we have a briefing at 05h00, so that we are all informed and can continue with crime related operations. We found a number of lethal items on site, and four individuals were arrested for possession of illegal substances on site in one week. We’ve handled subsequent arrests for smash and grabs. We’ve also had sniffer (Metro) dogs who track illegal substances, and further arrests for their possession. Our top priorities are to obtain eviction allowances, and to send security and cleansing teams to deal with the refuse and filth which will soon pose a health hazard. We are aware of the level of crime that comes from the quarry, and something has to be done about it.”

We are committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of the Green Point community, and will keeping striving for a crime-free reality. If you ever feel unsafe or require assistance with a crime-related issue, please do not hesitate to contact our 24/7 GPCID patrol vehicle on 082 214 3228.

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