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2016-09-20 06:00
The Little Mowbray/Rosebank Improvement District has started their security patrol services in the area. Taking it to the streets last week are, from left, Anthony Davies (CEO of the Groote Schuur Community Improvement District), Captain Delven Matroos (Vispol commander from Mowbray Police Station), Marc Gammon (chairperson of LMRID) and Charl Brooks (operations manager of Securitas). PHOTO: gary van dyk

The Little Mowbray/Rosebank Improvement District has started their security patrol services in the area. Taking it to the streets last week are, from left, Anthony Davies (CEO of the Groote Schuur Community Improvement District), Captain Delven Matroos (Vispol commander from Mowbray Police Station), Marc Gammon (chairperson of LMRID) and Charl Brooks (operations manager of Securitas). PHOTO: gary van dyk

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There’s a new sense of security in the Mowbray area with The Little Mowbray Rosebank Improvement District (LMRID) launching its new 24-hour security patrol service last week.

Marc Gammon, chairperson of the organisation, says this milestone is the culmination of an extensive three-year community participation process driven by volunteers from the community and which saw the community vote overwhelmingly in support of establishing the improvement district.

“The City of Cape Town approved LMRID’s establishment earlier in the year,” he says.

“We formed a security subcommittee, comprising members of the two neighbourhood watches and other volunteers, which drove the competitive security service provider selection and contracting process. This subcommittee will continue to function and will explore additional security enhancements to add in the future.”

LMRID has contracted with Securitas to operate the new security service.

“The new security service will be responsible for patrolling public spaces only and, like the previous bicycle patrols, does not have legal powers to enter into private properties,” continues Gammon.

“It will work closely with the police and other existing armed response companies that private property owners are currently contracted with.”

The new LMRID patrollers are equipped with non-lethal JPX Protector pepper spray sidearms. The use of non-lethal sidearms is a choice of many law enforcement agencies worldwide.

The patrollers have all received in-depth training in the use of these weapons. In addition, all patrollers receive extensive training regarding in which circumstances the weapons can be used.

“It is of vital importance that businesses and other community members do not terminate their contracts with private armed response companies servicing their private properties as both services are needed to effectively manage, monitor and respond to security issues and incidents in the area,” adds Gammon.

“Securitas has extensive experience in providing security services to a number of other Improvement Districts in Cape Town.

“Through their involvement with Groote Schuur Improvement District (GSCID), Securitas has an excellent working relationship with the Mowbray police and meets with them on a weekly basis to share intelligence and coordinate activities.”

He adds that Charl Brooks from Securitas will be managing the service a supervisor will be supervising the patrol officers.

“LMRID and GSCID will be taking advantage of mutual synergies and efficient use of resources, including the shared use of the Securitas control room, the use of office space (located in Mowbray on the Main Road), and the shared use of a field worker to assist homeless people in the area,” he explains.

“We are also negotiating a relationship with Straatwerk to provide cleansing services and further details will be finalised in due course. The LMRID has negotiated with ADT that the bicycle patrols which have operated in the area over the past few years will come to an end at the end of September. ADT will be terminating any deductions for the bicycle patrol for all subscribers automatically on 1 October and subscribers do not need to take any action regarding their accounts with ADT.”

Anthony Davies, CEO of GSCID, added: “The GSCID has been operating successfully along the adjacent Main Road area for the past six years and we are now very glad to be assisting our neighbours, the LMRID, in establishing and operating their exciting new residential improvement district.

“We wish them every success and look forward to working closely with their management and staff,” he says.

V Community members can contact the LMRID control room to report suspicious incidents and/or persons on 071 6155 929 (this is a temporary number and will shortly be replaced by a 0861 number).

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