New security service for MID

2016-10-04 06:00
 From left are Hugo Coetzee (MID public safety director), Lesley Schroeder (MID deputy chair), Teuns Schamrel (managing director Grit Security Services) with his patrol team – Fabian Francis, Raymond Bulley, Lindikile Ngqika and Akhona Gcemema.

From left are Hugo Coetzee (MID public safety director), Lesley Schroeder (MID deputy chair), Teuns Schamrel (managing director Grit Security Services) with his patrol team – Fabian Francis, Raymond Bulley, Lindikile Ngqika and Akhona Gcemema.

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A new security provider will be on the streets of the Muizenberg Improvement District (MID) precinct from this month.

From October the public safety service will be provided by GRIT Security Services.

GRIT was awarded the contract following a robust tender selection process managed by the MID Board and a subcommittee of MID members who represented property owners as well as business and community organisations.

MID public safety director Hugo Coetzee says the new contract clearly outlines the scope of services to be provided by GRIT. These include patrolling and support in public space and intelligence gathering to assist relevant crime prevention stakeholders with law enforcement and public safety within the MID.

The 24/7 public safety service will be done by patrollers on bicycles and on foot and a patrol vehicle dedicated to the MID. If residents and visitors are harassed, become victims of crime or notice suspicious behaviour in public spaces, they can call 060 850 6260. This is a smartphone based in the GRIT control room, which means SMS or WhatsApp messages will be responded to as well.

The GRIT managing director, Teuns Schamrel, says: “Our business is in the heart of Muizenberg and I want to make a difference in preventing crime. We already have many clients in Muizenberg and what happens in public space obviously affects our clients in their private homes and businesses.”

But Schamrel is not naive about the challenges.

“An improvement district is a tricky client, mainly because residents don’t always understand the role of public safety. From our past experience with the MID we know there are expectations that public safety patrollers should respond to break-ins at private homes. We will make it clear from the outset that legally, patrollers dedicated to the MID may not enter private property.”

The recent appointment of a MID social worker and fieldworkers is something he welcomes and his team will work closely with MID’s social development team dealing with social challenges.

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