Police dismisses safety concerns

2019-07-23 06:25
Cape Town police say while there was no outbreak of crime in Long Street, patrons should always be vigilant of their surroundings. PHOTO: samantha lee (file)

Cape Town police say while there was no outbreak of crime in Long Street, patrons should always be vigilant of their surroundings. PHOTO: samantha lee (file)

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Cape Town Central police have rubbished claims of poor security on Long Street, one of Cape Town’s popular and busiest streets. Claims of lack of security on Long Street recently featured in the media.

Spokesperson Captain Ezra October said that Long Street is generally a safe area because there is increased police visibility, especially on weekends.

“The police, as well as Law Enforcement officers and other security companies, are dedicated to the safety of patrons in the City Bowl, including Long Street,” he said.

He added that people often generalise safety issues in Long Street based on isolated incidents.

“The majority of incidents that happen in Long Street are often results of personal differences between individuals and they decide to act on those differences outside clubs where bouncers cannot stop them.

“There are, unfortunately, individuals that take advantage of people who are visibly intoxicated or look lost, but those cases are quite rare,” October explained further.

He said it is important for patrons to be safe when visiting Long Street because, although police visibility has increased, the police might not be around all the time.

October explained that Law Enforcement officials undergo daily operations in the City Bowl, including Long Street, which often yields positive results.

“We confiscate a lot of weapons and drugs, and a number of arrests are performed; so if that does not address the safety concerns, then I do not know what does.”

He said in order to avoid attracting attention to themselves, people need to follow safety measures. “Always make sure that you are safe and nobody is following you. Walking in groups also minimises the risk of being a victim of crime.

October listed the following as safety tips people can follow in order to avoid falling victim of crime:

. Plan your trips to avoid looking lost and confused because that attracts perpetrators and it makes you an easy target;

. Avoid walking around in the streets, especially when intoxicated;

. Do not talk to strangers or suspicious looking people;

. Be vigilant of your surroundings – victims often do not see perpetrators coming their way;

. Do not leave valuables exposed in cars as this will give people an opportunity to break into your car;

. Park in a safe place with good lighting and security guards;

. Walk in groups as perpetrators seldom attack people walking in groups;

. Avoid using your cellphone in public as it shifts your attention from your surroundings and you can easily be attacked;

. Do not go overboard with drinking as this can make it is very easy for you to become a victim of crime.

V For more information call the Cape Town Central Police Station on 021 467 8078.

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