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CRIME DECREASES IN CITY CENTRE

CRIME DECREASES IN CITY CENTRE

By SIMANGELE MZIZI
6 November 2019

The number of contact crimes in the Cape Town CBD has decreased in the last three months thanks to regular joint operations by the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID), SAPS, City Law Enforcement, Metro Police, Traffic and private security companies.

The highly effective operations, which have seen the agencies pooling all-important resources, target crimes in "hot spot" areas in the CBD and are being conducted under the guidance and leadership of SAPS.

As a result, crimes such as pickpocketing, theft and anti-social behaviour have decreased in the City Centre in the past three months, confirms CCID Safety & Security Manager Muneeb “Mo” Hendricks.


A Vehicle Check Point operation in progress.

JOINT OPERATIONS DETER CRIMINALS

Crimes successfully contained by the Vehicle Check Point and stop-and-search ops include common robbery, theft out of motor vehicles, armed robbery, traffic violations (such as drunk driving, taxi-related and other moving violations), and law enforcement (targeting offences under the Nuisance, Waste Management and Environmental Health by-laws, as well as vice, liquor and noise-related issues). 

Says Mo: “All agencies have committed to the process and continue to collaborate in their efforts to reduce crime, overall. For example, the CCID has already firmed up its additional deployment for the upcoming Festive Season and is planning to deploy additional members from December 2019 through to March 2020.”


Stop-and-search operations

SAFETY ON THE STREETS

Cape Town Central Police Station Commander Brigadier T. Hansraj says the integrated operations help to challenge the public perception that lawlessness is acceptable and safety on the streets of Cape Town is determined by criminals.

Mo agrees: “The joint operations ensure a visible presence of SAPS and other law agencies, which instils confidence in the public and it works to engender a feeling of safety. When the operations are conducted, almost zero crime is recorded in the areas of operation and the stats reveal a decrease in crime in the categories targeted.”

Joint walkabouts with SAPS in the CBD to educate tourists and locals alike on the different crime categories being targeting by the joint operations and how they can avoid becoming victims of these crimes are taking place and will continue, says Mo.  

IMAGES: Ed Suter & CCID

Tags: CCID Safety & Security Muneeb Hendriks CCID theft out of motor vehicles