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CCID festive season safety plans still in place

CCID festive season safety plans still in place

23 January 2019

The Cape Town Central City Improvement District’s (CCID) plans to ensure that both local and visiting holidaymakers stay safe in the CBD are still in effect as well as the organisation’s 2018-19 crime prevention and public awareness “Stash it, don’t flash it” campaign.

In December 2018, the CCID’s Safety & Security department announced that it was intensifying its Safety & Security measures for the festive season and also launched its 2018-19 crime prevention and public awareness “Stash it, don’t flash it” campaign.

Says Muneeb “Mo” Hendricks, manager of CCID Safety & Security: “Our ‘Stash it, don’t flash it’ campaign was well received and it is progressing very nicely. We are also pleased to say that despite the huge influx of locals and holidaymakers, during December  ̶  our busiest period of the festive season  ̶  we experienced no increase over previous years in contact crimes such as theft out of motor vehicles, pickpocketing and ATM fraud. This was once again thanks to the collaborative efforts between us and our primary safety partners, the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement agency.”

One of the elements of the campaign includes a display of street pole posters reminding people to be aware of the three contact crimes. Another element is the production of flyers containing top personal safety tips as well as brochures with more detailed information, both of which were distributed for two weeks during December by CCID-branded teams in areas that are prone to theft out of vehicles, pickpocketing and ATM fraud. A newly introduced element of the campaign is the “Find Me” concept – an initiative aimed at encouraging members of the public to familiarise themselves with the CCID public safety officers (PSOs), who work around the clock throughout the CCID footprint.

Mo explains further: “As CCID Safety & Security, we consider the festive season in the Central City to run from December to March. As such, we will continue to run our ‘Stash it, don’t flash it’ campaign throughout this period, which also sees the deployment of our additional festive season team of 15 PSOs. These add to the 270 PSOs deployed 24/7, 365 days-a-year, on a rotational-shift basis. And, with regard to our other teams, it is still business as usual.”

Throughout the year, the CCID’s Safety & Security department deploys a team of 20 City Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) to assist it in providing powers of arrest. It also deploys six traffic wardens to assist with traffic violations and traffic congestion during the daytime.

The CCID also has a partnership with the Western Cape Government’s Department of Community Safety which sees a team of student ambassadors from the Chrysalis Academy deployed during the day in The Company’s Garden to play an ambassadorial role and provide a safety presence within this iconic space. In addition, another team of Chrysalis student ambassadors will continue to be deployed until March 2019 at certain hot-spot ATMs throughout the CCID footprint to raise public awareness about ATM fraud.

Mo stresses that while the CCID has put measures in place to ensure that both local and visiting holidaymakers stay safe in the CBD: “It’s crucial that members of the public continue to take responsibility for their own personal safety.” 

Image by Ed Suter

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