Reluctant police

2015-05-05 06:00

Thank you, Monique Duval, for your article which highlights the very basic issues festering in the stunning Simon’s Town village (“Fed up with vagrants”, People’s Post, 31 March).

That it took months to get a mentally deranged person who could have caused a serious car accident into Valkenberg, and that they feel no need to arrest someone who is defacing and demolishing a historical gravesite, are shocking indictments on the local police and their ambivalent and unconcerned attitude to vagrants who turn the pleasant pathways and lanes above the Main Road into rubbish tips with their plastic wine bottles and associated packaging.

It is disturbing in that they seem to be reluctant to be proactive in performing their duties, for which they have taken an oath.

The ongoing bedlam from taxis during peak periods is another problem which seems to have been given the hands off from the Metro police as it is too difficult for them to prosecute. The defensive attitude from the police when confronted with any of these issues is very depressing to residents who have invested their life savings into retirement property in the area.

A long-term consequence of this policy (as was seen in the Cape Town CBD, which slid downhill in the late 1990s) is the eventual lack of commercial investment in the area and the decline in property values with an increase in opportunistic crime and a depressing urban landscape.

Perhaps it is time to take the prosecution and maintenance of these issues out of the hands of the reluctant authorities and create a Central Improvement District which will work proactively in the interests of the commercial and residential players who can then hold someone responsible for the money paid.

Something which we do not seem to be getting for our ever-increasing rates and taxes

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