Learn how to protect yourself at Show’s Safe City stand

2015-06-02 09:35
Lucas Holtzhausen (left) of Msunduzi Safe City with the organisation’s founder, Desmond Winship, at the Safe City stand at the Pietermaritzburg Royal Show.

Lucas Holtzhausen (left) of Msunduzi Safe City with the organisation’s founder, Desmond Winship, at the Safe City stand at the Pietermaritzburg Royal Show. (Jonathan Burton)

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THE Safe City stand at the Royal Show is attracting attention as people flock to it to see active policing in action.

The stand also has useful tips on how to keep safe and to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of crime.

Live footage is being streamed from Safe City cameras around the Pietermaritzburg CBD to the stand at the Royal Show grounds.

Msunduzi Safe City was started as an initiative to decrease crime in Pietermaritzburg by the organisation’s founder, Desmond Winship.

Although the project was officially launched in 2003, plans for the project began a few years earlier when Winship retired and decided to turn the city into a safer place.

“When we started the initiative, we had 15 cameras across the city. Now we have around 75,” he said.

With support from SAPS and Msunduzi Municipality, the initiative has grown from strength to strength in protecting Pietermaritzburg from crime.

Winship said the initiative’s newest project was to safeguard the city’s electric sub-stations and has garnered much support from the municipality.

“After we began the Safe City ­operation, the number of arrests have ­increased and the crime rate has come down tremendously.”

Msunduzi Safe City manager Lucas Holtzhausen said for the organisation to continue being a success, feedback and reports from the community are vital.

“We are there to help the community and are in a partnership with them and we want to help prevent them from ­becoming victims of crime.” said ­Holtzhausen.

“We are also appealing to people to report crimes.

“The police supply Safe City with crime reports every morning and we study the reports to see where the ­problem areas are so we can look at ­setting up cameras and operations in the problematic area.

“If people do not report crimes, we will not have a clear look at which areas need us.”

He said the reports not only helped Safe City, but the SAPS too in planning their own crime prevention tactics.

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d the stand also demonstrated Safe City’s public announcement system where supervisor Princess Mncwabe will receive a report of a crime that has just been committed and will announce it over speakers that run across the city.

This system makes the public aware of where crime is taking place and asks for the help of the public in ensuring the arrest of criminals.

Msunduzi’s Safe City has been involved in making 162 arrests between June 2014 and April 2015:

Total Arrests made - 162

•Robbery related - 59

•Theft out of and from motor vehicle - 25

•Possession of stolen property - 29

•Burglary at business premises - 14

•Serious assault - 9

•Drug related - 7

•Theft - 5

•Wanted SAPS suspects - 3

•Possession of housebreaking implements- 3

•Possession of dangerous weapon- 3

•Malicious damage to property- 2

•Pointing of firearm- 1

•Possession of unlicensed firearm- 1

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