Public safety summer boost

2016-11-29 06:00

Public safety will be one of the Muizenberg Improvement District (MID)’s top priorities this festive season.

This follows the MID’s plans to double up on public safety patrollers during the festive season, with four officers on duty from Thursday 15 December to Thursday 8 January.

“Public safety and cleaning are two key focus areas of all special rating areas. The MID regular reviews the plan for these two areas at times when a high influx of visitors is expected such as over both the festive season and the Easter period,” explains MID chairperson Marion Wagner.

The number of officers on duty each year has varied according to both funding available and resources offered by the service providers, adds Wagner.

“Funding is always a challenge and MID therefore collaborates closely with community organisations such as the local neighbourhood watch and with police and Law Enforcement.”

The increase in patrollers will act as deterrent, Wagner believes, by having a more visible presence on the streets.

“Patrollers can report any suspicious behaviour to Law Enforcement or the police for intervention as required. This top-up service will also provide additional support on the ground for members of the public should they require assistance relating to incidents of crime, harassment, accidents and so on.”

The 24/7 public safety service will be carried out by trained patrollers, Wagner adds.

“Some will be on bicycles and some on foot and they will have the backup of the dedicated MID patrol vehicle. If residents and visitors are harassed, are victims of crime or notice suspicious behaviour in public spaces, they can call 060 850 6260.”

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