Plea to curb crime

2015-04-30 16:29

Residents want a fence between Capri and Blackhill Road and have even offered to give half of the funds needed.

This appeal comes from the Capri Neighbourhood Watch amid fears of rising crime levels.

A presentation on behalf of the Watch was made to the South Peninsula subcouncil last week by Trish Wood, chairperson of the Sunnydale Ratepayers’ Association (SRA).

She explained the SRA was asked to represent the Watch in calling on the City of Cape Town to erect a fence.

Wood said an illegal pedestrian pathway had been created through the thick alien vegetation, which allowed people to access Capri from Blackhill Road. This, she said, has led to crime. Wood stated Capri had a high crime rate and 50% of it occurred in this area.

The Watch requested that the City remove the vegetation and fence off the area to get rid of the pedestrian walkway ­between Blackhill Road and Tobago Way.

Wood also had a letter from Fish Hoek police that states Capri has the highest crime rate in sector 2.

He said the area was affected by property-related crimes such as house break-ins, thefts and a few cases of robbery.

“While police have no role in the request [to erect a fence] we are thankful to those who make an effort to address crime in partnership with the police.”

Wood explained the Watch was willing to raise 50% of the funds needed for the erection of the fence. “They are prepared to fund up to R100 000 and we hope this shows the council that we are acting in good faith and believe this could be mutually beneficial.”

In response, South Peninsula subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase said they supported the appeal and would submit a motion to the council.

Councillor Simon Liell-Cock said he remembered a proposal to fence the area a few years ago to keep baboons out. “Is it not this Neighbourhood Watch that opposed that?” he asked. Wood said she was unsure about the earlier proposal but explained the current appeal related to crime and vagrancy.

Speaking after the meeting, Purchase said a fence had been erected when Capri was subdivided more than 20 years ago but it has fallen down.

“We are liaising with the relevant officials and if they cannot assist with funds, I may use ward allocation funds, but that will only be available in the new financial year.”


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