New wheels to fight crime

2018-05-08 06:00

Traffic offenders will soon have no place to hide, as a dedicated Law Enforcement officer for ward 115 is empowered with his own set of wheels.

Funding has been made available to secure an electric bike for the officer, explains ward councillor Dave Bryant.

“At present the ward allocation budget is only able to pay for one Law Enforcement officer for ward 115. This officer is based in Long Street in the Cape Town CBD and is very active in the area. We would like to assist the officer by enabling him to be more mobile so he can respond to other issues should they arise elsewhere in the general area,” he says.

The bike is expected to cost around R20 000.

“It is far cheaper than providing a motorcycle or a car and is also environmentally friendly. While the electric bike does provide assistance, the rider still gets a good workout and it keeps him in shape,” Bryant adds.

The officer is currently limited to upper Long Street, and while he will remain based here, the electric bike will allow for further patrols and for the officer to respond to incidents in surrounding streets if needed, Bryant explains.

“The officer has been extremely effective since being deployed and has had a significant positive impact on traffic and bylaw challenges in the upper Long Street area. He issues an average of R75 000 in fines every month,” Bryant says.

Last year, the officer netted over R96 000 in fines in just one month (“Street cop doing a fine job”, People’s Post, 20 June 2017).

A dedicated officer is needed in the area due to the “very high concentration of traffic and other bylaw offences in upper Long Street”, Bryant previously told People’s Post, and the officer was appointed following calls for additional, dedicated resources to address these offences.

“The work of the dedicated officer has been invaluable for the upper Long Street area as can be seen from the statistics. There has been a significant decrease in bylaw offences and crime in the area.”

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