Crime reports on the rise

2017-12-19 06:00

The last year has brought with it an increase “in almost everything, especially crime” in the Green Point and Oranje-Kloof City Improvement District (GP/OKCID) precincts. This was stated at the GPCID’s recent annual meeting.

The improvement district saw crime incidents shoot up from 46 in 2016 to 295 this year.GP/OKCID CEO, Marc Truss, says the reason for the increase in crime is that “people are desperate and community members are not vigilant and careful enough with their belongings”.

“Due to the financial hardships that we are all experiencing, crime moves. It never sits still, therefore we experience spikes in certain types of crime, such as theft out of vehicles. This is due to owners leaving items of value in full view, allowing transgressors the opportunity to commit a crime. This brings about ‘street strollers’ that canvass areas that may allow for the ‘snatch and grab’ situation to flourish. Time and time again, we experience members of the public walking around completely oblivious to their immediate surroundings, and so they become a target for these individuals,” Truss says.

The precincts also have remote jammers who target drivers who openly place valuable items into their vehicle’s boot.

Truss says steps are being taken to reduce the incidents of crime.

“We are working hard on communicating the importance of vigilance and security to the business owners and residents within our community. We do this through our website, social media platforms, newsletters and face-to-face interaction. Our security team offers a 24/7 visible policing presence in the community. Our team is well informed of current crime trends, and suitably trained to identify and potentially prevent or respond to these crimes,” he says.

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