Car guards to be trained in PE

2017-01-18 06:01
Yolanda Faro

Yolanda Faro

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IN Jeffreys Bay and surrounding areas the “yellow cap brigade” is hard at work and it seems most people are satisfied with their good car guarding services, but over in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro things are moving a bit more slowly.

The metro, like the Kouga municipality with its headquarters in Jeffrey’s Bay, decided last year that car guards now have to meet certain standards for security in order to work.

Kouga’s legal car guards then quickly got the yellow cap on the head for the sake of easy identification, but in Port Elizabeth and surrounding areas there was no way legal car guards could be identified.

Yolanda Faro, head of the metro police, said certain steps must be followed.

“The regulation must be accompanied by an integrated approach. The municipality, metro police, police and Social Welfare Department should be involved.”

Faro said car guards must be registered with Psira, the regulatory authority for the private security industry. A company that is also registered at Psira, usually hires and pays an allowance to the guards.

The metro will only be handing out recognisable caps or clothing after the car guards have been trained.

“Training is important. It must be the starting point. Only if they do not meet the requirements for legal car guards within a specified period, action can be taken against them,” says Faro.

In Kouga the yellow cap initiative certainly made a positive difference during the holiday season, says Elza van Lingen, Executive Mayor.

The Kouga municipality’s first official car guards could be identified by their bright yellow caps with the words “J-Bay Car Guard” since December.

“This has enabled the municipality’s law enforcement officers, in cooperation with local security companies and the police, to act against illegal car guards.”

According to her, the bibs of about 60 illegal car guards were seized and they were given verbal warnings.

“This is a pilot project and is still ongoing,” said Van Lingen.

“We are still waiting for security clearance for 21 of the 25 men and women who received yellow caps and got the green light to serve as car guards during the festive season.

“Once they get clearance, they will receive training at the local security companies and be registered with Psira.”

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