Fears over Table Mountain crime

2013-02-15 11:04
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Table Mountain (File, AP)

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Cape Town - Five attacks on Table Mountain in Cape Town this year have raised safety concerns, the Cape Times reported on Friday.

Rhodes Memorial, Devil's Peak, Lion's Head and Signal Hill were hotspots for criminals.

In 2007, there were 21 attacks on 70 people. It decreased to 10 attacks in 2009 and climbed to 38 incidents in 2011.

Bodies representing hikers and bikers met recently to discuss crime trends and ways to improve safety.

"As much as we watch them, they watch us. As soon as they see that observation posts are not being manned, they move back in," said Andre van Schalkwyk of Table Mountain Watch.

According to the report, it was agreed at the meeting that increasing use of the mountain range would make it harder for criminals to move around and operate without being detected.

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