Safety boost for train commuters

2015-09-01 06:00

Muizenberg Improvement District is ensuring a safe walk home for commuters from the False Bay station. 

Nik Basting

Muizenberg Improvement District is ensuring a safe walk home for commuters from the False Bay station. PHOTO: Nik Basting

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Muizenberg Improvement District (MID) is taking steps to ensure a safe walk home for commuters.

Recognising that the walk from False Bay station poses a security risk to residents, MID has stepped in and asked its public safety patrollers to stand by and assist passengers on the late night train.

The initiative has been gratefully welcomed by the 30 odd passengers but it is a short term intervention, says MID public safety service provider Securitas’ operations director, Stuart Wragg. “Some passengers getting off the train at False Bay station at night feel vulnerable walking home in the dark. In fact, many passengers run down the road, fearful of being harassed or attacked,” he says.

“There’s an obvious need to help train commuters get home safely. Longer term, we’re hoping to use the Safety Operations Forum to identify ways that passengers can band together themselves and also be supported by neighbourhood watches in Muizenberg and Marine Estate.”

Aloy Gowne, MID Director responsible for the public safety portfolio explained that the safety of public ­areas in the improvement district is a priority for the Board.

The MID provides public safety measures to top up services already provided by City Law Enforcement and the police. “Within the constraints of our limited resources, we are continually evaluating public safety and looking at ways to reduce anti-social and criminal behaviour which impacts on residents’ quality of life and their right to live without constant fear of crime,” he says.

Muizenberg residents are reminded that each month there is a half hour slot at the MID Board meeting for public discussion and engagement. Residents and property owners are encouraged to make use of this opportunity. V

Visit the public safety pages on the MID website for more

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