‘Your car boot is not a safe’

2017-02-14 06:01

Over the past few months, theft out of cars has been one of the biggest battles the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof City Improvement District (GP/OKCID) faces in terms of crime.

The improvement district is now running an awareness campaign to tell residents how to avoid falling victim to this crime.

Security starts with yourself, says Marius Swanepoel, GP/OKCID security manager.

“Do not leave anything in your car; take your bag with you. Don’t think it’s smart moving it to the boot. People are watching you; don’t leave valuables in your car.

“Know your surroundings. Be alert,” he advises.

During the festive season, the biggest challenge was robberies involving tourists, although the number of incidents was lower than during the same time the year before.

This has been attributed to the increase in GP/OKCID security members deployed in strategic areas and special attention given to hotspots like Cape Quarter, Rose Street and busy areas in the CBD, Swanepoel says.

“There has been a notable increase in involvement from the community and it has made all the difference.”

However, residents are now at risk of falling victim to theft from their cars. “Going forward there will be an increase in the security team complement, more security cameras being put up and stricter and more strategic patrol schedules,” Swanepoel adds.

“When people feel like they contribute to making the city better they feel like they matter. There is a sense of urgency and the need for better communication in Cape Town overall and we’re doing our part.”

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