Shrill call on crime

2017-11-21 06:00

The Groote Schuur Community Improvement District (GSCID) launched a new campaign at the corner of Woolsack and Main roads, Mowbray on Wednesday aimed at raising safety awareness.

About 300 whistles were handed to the public who were educated on how and when to use them. Motorists and pedestrians all showed interest.

The initiative was supported by the Rondebosch and Mowbray police and is aimed to benefit the residents of Mowbray, Obser­vatory and Rondebosch.

Nina Farrell, GSCID general manager, says the anti-crime initiative is inexpensive and highly effective. She says they launched it as a part of their community safety measures for the festive season. She says they want to assure a safe and secure festive season in the area and will be carried over to other suburbs under the GSCID.

“It may only be November but the festive season is looming and there is a need to start raising awareness of greater safety and security over this period. The whistles, attached to GSCID-branded lanyards bearing emergency numbers, will be distributed within the precinct, especially at hotspots such as along the Liesbeek River trail where users of the trail are particularly vulnerable. The focus of the whistle campaign is to make people aware that when they hear a whistle going off, someone is in trouble or needs help. Whistles are shrill, loud, safe and non-violent and cannot be used as a weapon against you. They will be especially useful to women on their own,” Farrell says.

She says the idea is rooted in the simple goal of getting people to look out for each other and to give individuals another tool for letting everyone within earshot know that they need help.

Farrell says in this way people will be playing an effective role in reducing crime in their neighbourhood.

As part of the awareness campaign, Farrell says they have planned to increase law enforcement in hotspots such as the train stations, Main Road and Rondebosch Common. These are the areas where robberies and car break-ins are reportedly taking place.

“That is where the perpetrators find vulnerable people, mostly in peak hours when they are going to and from work. Criminals are starting to shop for Christmas now and we will not give them that chance. We will show them there is no place for them in our communities,” Farrell says.

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