Authorities to tighten security

2019-02-26 06:00
The community is warned to be careful when walking around the field.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

The community is warned to be careful when walking around the field.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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Following several crime incidents at Clyde Park, in Pinelands, the City of Cape Town is now in meetings with a local security company to seek ways to improve safety in the area.

This follows an outcry from the community about social ills happening around the park.

These reportedly include robberies, thefts, attacks and vandalism.

According to reports the situation has gotten worse since the soccer season break, which left the space empty and very quiet in the afternoons.

The park has a sports field used by Clyde Pinelands Football Club, Falcons Softball Club and the Lions Club of Pinelands.

According to the City, leases are month-to-month and the City has had a good working relationship with all the users over the years and is concerned about the reported issues.

The chairperson of the Clyde Pinelands Football Club, Viren Jagonarth, said reports of criminal elements started late last year, causing a stir in the community.

He said the season has just started, and they are extra careful, making sure their players are safe, because they do not know when perpetrators will strike. He said that although they have spotted suspicious-looking individuals wondering near the field, there has been no direct attack to players nor have they witnessed any incidents.

He did, however, say they have been negatively affected by the cable theft that has left parts of the property in the dark.

“I am aware of some vandalism incidents where cables were cut and stolen. The City is aware of this,” he said.

The club is one of the tenants leasing the field and clubhouse from the City.

Zahid Badroodien, Mayco member for community services and health, confirmed the reports, saying vandalism had occurred before and were fixed at a cost of R100 000.

Badroodien said currently the Recreation and Parks Department is advertising for the procurement of a contractor to repair cables and replace wooden poles.

“The City is aware of the unfortunate vandalism incidents which have taken place at the facility. On some occasions, floodlight cables and other items have been stolen from the storeroom at the sports field. There have also been incidents where floodlight cables were dug up and cut off. Repairs have been done before, but vandalisms continued to occur. Insurance claims for theft and vandalism at this facility have also been exhausted.

“Regular meetings are held with the security company and City security coordinators to improve the security situation,” said Badroodien

He said the facility has night-shift security during the week and 24-hour security in on weekends and public holidays.

“I would once again like to appeal to residents to assist the City and report theft and senseless vandalism of community facilities. It is only through partnerships and closer cooperation that we will be able to effectively safeguard our facilities.”

Captain RK Petersen, the acting station commander for Pinelands Police Station, said they are investigating several incidents that have occurred at the park.

He said that according to records, most incidents occur between 15:00 and 18:00.

“People walking with their dogs or jogging in the area have been targeted. The community is advised to never walk around alone or talk to strangers. Be on the lookout for strange cars or people. Walk in well-lit busy streets and in a group, if possible. Avoid displaying valuables such as cellphones, earphones and jewellery where criminals can see them as this could put you at risk. Always let someone know where you are going and how long you will be gone. Know all emergency numbers. Trust your instincts.”

He said more patrols are being conducted in partnership with Pinelands Neighbourhood Watch and security companies in the area and that the public have also been warned by means of crime awareness projects as well as pamphlet distribution. 


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