Wannabe criminals kept at bay

2017-06-20 06:01

Criminal intent in the Green Point area has halved.

This is an estimate by the Green Point Improvement District, which has put various measures in place to prevent crime and intervene before crimes can be committed.

Technology has made it easier to report crime, but it’s hard to give an exact statistic of how crime has decreased over the last 15 years, explains Marc Truss, CEO of the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof City Improvement District (GP/OKCID).

To continue to deter would-be criminals, Truss and his team are advocating for greater collaboration between improvement districts in the city.

With this in mind more than 10 000 safety flyers were printed for distribution in the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof areas, to the Tamboerskloof Neighbourhood Watch and the Cape Town Community Policing Forum.

“Through cooperation and an immense amount of hard work between the GPCID and the City of Cape Town we have managed to turn Green Point and De Waterkant into one of the shining jewels of Cape Town. The area is now a thriving business and entertainment hub with residential properties very hard to come by,” says ward councillor Dave Bryant.

“They do not have the large budgets that some of the other SRAs have, but manage to do an incredible amount of good work.”

An improvement district, technically known as a special rating area (SRA) refers to a geographical area in which property owners pay extra rates for further municipal top-up services, such as public security and safety measures, cleansing, infrastructure maintenance, upgrading of the environment, and social services.

The GPCID was formed 16 years ago and is one of around 35 formal improvement districts with 28 500 staff.

“We are here to add value – to top up and be a strengthening hand to existing service providers,” says Truss.

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