Table Mountain crime down

2013-02-25 08:29

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Crime against Table Mountain users has dropped since the establishment of a safety forum, SA National Parks (SANParks) said on Sunday.

There was not a single reported criminal incident against a mountain user in the areas where the forum was active between October 2011 and January, spokesperson Merle Collins said in a statement.

The number of crimes against mountain users had dropped 50% between 2011 and 2012, she said.

However, The Cape Times reported last Friday that there were 21 attacks on 70 people in 2007, 10 attacks in 2009, and 38 in 2011, with five attacks on Table Mountain, in Cape Town, so far this year.

"As much as we watch them, they watch us. As soon as they see that observation posts are not being manned, they move back in," Andre van Schalkwyk, of Table Mountain Watch, told the newspaper.

He was speaking after a meeting of bodies representing hikers and bikers about crime trends and ways of improving safety.

According to the newspaper, Rhodes Memorial, Devil's Peak, Lion's Head and Signal Hill were hotspots for criminals.

It was reportedly agreed at the meeting that increasing the use of the mountain range would make it harder for criminals to move around and operate without being detected.

On Sunday, SANParks said the forum, which was established after a spate of attacks in 2011, had been active in the City Bowl, from Signal Hill to Devil's Peak and Camps Bay.

Collins said only three incidents of robbery and attempted robbery had been reported between January and February, and that the forum had responded immediately by increasing its activities.

"The primary incidences are thefts and attempted thefts from vehicles left for long periods in parking lots near popular mountain trails."

She warned mountain users not to leave any valuables in their vehicles and to report any suspicious activities.

Read more on:    sanparks  |  cape town  |  tourism  |  conservation

Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24


Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!


I love summer.24

Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!
Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Financial Manager: Little Karoo

Western Cape
R123 - R1 234 Per Year

Engineering Manager

Western Cape
Pro-Tech Recruitment
R850 000 - R1 100 000 Per Year

Analyst Developer

Western Cape
Progressive IT Resourcing (Pty) Ltd

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go! - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25


The energy today is serious, materialistic and hardworking. You may find you get a new outlook on things and you may want to more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.