Early light doesn’t make it right

2016-11-08 06:00

As the summer season approaches, local safety organisations are cautioning residents and visitors to put safety first.

The Green Point and Oranje-Kloof City Improvement District (GP/OKCID) has advised residents to be aware of crime trends this spring.

With the change of season, it’s getting lighter earlier in the mornings, which means more people are moving around earlier, says GP/OKCID chief executive Marc Truss. More than that, the number of vagrants has doubled over the last six months, according to Marius Swanepoel, GP/OKCID security manager.

“The reality is that crime is not time- or season-specific, but if you’re moving around earlier in the morning it’s preferable for you to travel with someone or in a small group.”

Although it is light later in the evenings, still aim to walk in well-lit areas.

“The same goes for parking your car; aim to park in a well-lit area, outside a restaurant, in a secure parking lot or near a busy intersection. This way you’ll avoid being a target and your car will be safer,” says Truss.

More than 20 arrests have been made by the GP/OKCID together with the police in the past three months.

Sea Point police spokesperson Captain Elizabeth Munro says: “It is undeniable that unscrupulous individuals seek to take advantage of this time of year to commit crimes.”

Some of the more common crimes are theft of handbags, cellphones and valuables from cars. Drunk driving also increases during this time, Munro explains.

These crimes can be combated by just being more alert and taking precautions, she says.

“When enjoying a night out make sure you have a designated driver or make use of reputable taxi services. If you are in a restaurant keep your handbag with you and not slung over your chair. Always keep your cellphone on your person and make sure you have all your belongings when you get up to leave.”

Munro cautions to always ensure your car is locked and not to leave valuables in your car.

“Never drive while under the influence of alcohol. Sea Point police in partnership with traffic and Metro Police will conduct various roadblocks in our area, to prevent drunken driving. This offence is illegal and constitutes a danger to all other road users, and a zero-tolerance policy towards transgressors will be followed,” she says.

Not street smartTruss adds: “Contrary to popular belief and expectancy, crime statistics don’t climb to record heights over the festive period. Some streets that the public should be cautious of, with regards to robberies and theft out of cars, are Hof Street, Orange Street, Camp Street, Strand Street, Rose Street, Chiappini Street and Buitengracht Street.

“The GP/OKCID security vehicles constantly patrol the respective area and will always respond to reports of crime or suspicious activity. The police will also be available and arrive on scene when necessary. Don’t hesitate to contact them should you wish to report something.”

V For more information call 082 214 3228 in the Green Point area or 082 217 1386 in the Oranje-Kloof area.

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