Crime warning signs for Cape Town beach

2012-04-24 09:18

Cape Town - Noordhoek Beach in Cape Town is to get warning signs indicating it is a mugging hotspot, it was reported on Tuesday.

The signs come after at least eight people were mugged in separate incidents at the beach since February, the Cape Times reported.

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said tourists were most vulnerable.

"Specifically tourists don't know the dangers of the area. What we will have to do is put up signboards that say: 'Only walk in these designated areas' or 'Please don't go beyond this point'," he said.

Plato was also looking at the possibility of installing quad bike patrols but said this would not solve all crime.

"Attacks are happening almost any time of the day. If criminals want to attack, they attack."

In the most recent incident, a father and daughter were attacked by a knife-wielding man on the beach on Saturday. The father was stabbed in the right leg and a cellphone and ring were taken.

Table Mountain National Park spokesperson Merle Collins warned people to walk in groups of four or more and not to carry valuables.

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  • Sharon - 2012-04-24 09:25

    Perfect!! That will solve the problem, for sure (not)! It is like having pothole signs alongside roads - all good and well until it rains and the potholes fill up with water. Then you can't see them. Won't visible policing be a better solution?

      Squeegee - 2012-04-24 09:35

      Must be those Eastern Cape refugees...

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-24 09:56

      Then you get molested by the police! Nice!

      Fussed - 2012-04-24 10:52

      No chance of that Sharon, The cops will be too busy taking bribes from the criminals to do there job and then complain that they are over worked

      bluzulu - 2012-04-24 11:57

      BEWARE.....MUGGERS in good ol' Cape. Aunty Zille can you help please??

  • MattQ4 - 2012-04-24 09:27

    At this rate wouldn't it just save time and money to have signs at all the ports of entry? "Welcome to South Africa, you are now entering a crime hotspot, please only walk in groups of 4 or more and don't carry any money or valuable"

      Brian - 2012-04-24 10:14

      Lift your eyes up off the floor and see the beauty of our country. Crime happens everywhere.

  • Smile - 2012-04-24 09:28

    YEah, but the national budget the ANC assigns is not enough :( Cost/Risk

  • Bongani - 2012-04-24 09:28

    Sign help nothing, put in police instead.

      Balan - 2012-04-24 09:50

      police are also contributing to crime by being corrupt.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-24 11:57

      Speak up, the line from Perth is not that good,

  • Koos - 2012-04-24 09:28

    ..... and once again it is the law abiding citizen’s fault if he passes those “warnings” and gets mugged.... pffff!

      JJ - 2012-04-24 09:58

      If you pass a warning sign you are taking a risk Koos. If I put a slippery floor sign up and you see it and walk on as if nothing has been said, you only have yourself to blame if you fall.

      Koos - 2012-04-24 10:32

      Not exactly the same as having a blowout on the highway and being forced off the road only to discover you ended up next to a sign that reads “Hijack hot spot” BUT why can’t law abiding citizens walk freely about JJ? Why can criminals move where they want but a law abiding citizen are regulated at where he/she can walk. Here is a better question, if I get mugged and there is no sign, who do I hold responsible because they did not warn me? Can you imagine reading a wine route map with “Hijack hot spot” and “Mugging hot spot” indicated on the map leaving you to plan your wine testing with a zigzag pattern? Seriously now, how much of a sheep culture have we become? It’s almost as if we are being brainwashed to be victims and even worse, excepting it as the norm.

      JJ - 2012-04-24 10:48

      Some fair points...I guess these are the times and circumstances we live in and unfortunately have to accept. In the case of a unforseen circumstance, sure no one can be blames where a blow out/breakdown occurs. My point is in reference to conscious choice. If you choose to be in an unsafe area, you take the risk and therefore cannot lay blame on anyone else. I agree, it is sad that we have to accept this and have become a "sheep culture" herded to areas deemed safe. The thing is, I say for you and your family it is better to be safe than sorry.

      Koos - 2012-04-24 11:03

      “Have to accept”? I want to go swim but I can’t because chances are that me and my family will get mugged, robbed, raped or murdered. We except that criminals dictate where we may and may not go. They dictate what we can and can’t do. On top of this government regulates the hell out of law abiding citizens while the criminals do as they please. JJ, who is in control?

  • Gibbaan - 2012-04-24 09:31

    Why don't they deploy police patrols instead of scaring away visitors with pointless warning signs ?

      Derick Kingsley Chibothela - 2012-04-24 09:39

      warnings signs is nothing, why dey jst put CIDs police dere?

      Fussed - 2012-04-24 10:57

      @ Derick Kingsley Chibothela - Why not just build a bank there so the criminals can bank there money before getting mugged by the sap

  • Rainbow - 2012-04-24 09:43

    ANCYL supporters again!!

  • Omrisho - 2012-04-24 09:55

    ok, so then with the awareness you chase the criminal element away to Llandudno, Scarborough... what then, more warning signs?

  • basilsp - 2012-04-24 09:56

    The answer is visible policing! Or else kiss tourism goodbye. It will be a sad day if we cannot enjoy our beautiful country anymore because of a lack of budget for safety!

  • Rob - 2012-04-24 09:59

    Armed security guards for hire to accompany all tourists & perhaps even locals. Just like " rent a car. "

  • Piet - 2012-04-24 10:07

    Easy to resolve... Set up a sting opperation and shoot the bastards...

  • Phumi - 2012-04-24 10:21

    Funny how you would never hear of a tourist being attacked on the ANC run wards. Then again we all know the propaganda the Western Cape government is pushing! Plato is another political appointment that is part of the "jobs for pals" policy like De Lille disguised as'fit for purpose' promoted by Zille in that province! He knows nothing about government and let alone community safety! You cannot implement strategies to only please and protect the rich and affluent! You must get it into your thick skull Plato that crime affects everyone!

      Klipkop - 2012-04-24 10:41

      blah blah fish paste my bra, at least he does not get married every second month of the year. Did you see on BBC news over the weekend how they laughed at your president dancing with his fat rolls, g-string and Puma tekkies.

      Koos - 2012-04-24 10:41

      We never hear about open toilets being constructed by the ANC either but we all know how that turned out.

      Koos - 2012-04-24 10:48

      @Klipkop: Didn't see it but did Zuma fall over again?

      Jacqui - 2012-04-24 11:33

      Phumi, you ranting again?.

  • paulgerber969 - 2012-04-24 10:31

    RSA no 1 crime country

  • Rob - 2012-04-24 10:40

    Most of the criminals cant read anyway, so they wont know that they must remain in the " mugging section or criminal zone. "

  • heikii.kawaguchi - 2012-04-24 10:51

    Sure crime happens anywhere but this madness has to stop. I like to go around and walk in freedom. If I wan to go to the seaside I want to enjoy it and not to be molested by these mindless people that don't have anything to do in their lifes.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-04-24 10:56

    They will probably steal the sign which will supplied by a 'tender-terpreneur' who will charge ten times what it is worth. Maybe we should have a toll beach so we could have surveillance and access control and pay Austria. It might be better to give our beaches to Austria to run, they seem to like being involved in mugging South Africa as well, at least we won't be stabbed in the leg.

  • colin.windell - 2012-04-24 10:57

    Fix the problem - don't advertise it. Idiots!

  • Suhela - 2012-04-24 10:58

    <3 this beach :) ... it is an unfortunate fact that you yourself attract your experiences ... walk in love and 'feel' safe ... if you don't ..just listen to your inner 'guide'dance :) ....much love S

      Gaby - 2012-04-24 11:52

      @Suhela, instead of listening to your inner dance, I suggest you arm yourself and shoot the f*cker.

      eddie.botes - 2012-04-24 11:53

      Suhela - Help me to understand how the father walking with his daughter at Noordhoek on Saturday attracted that experience into his life? I was at Noordhoek playing cricket with my two boys on Sunday and was fortunate enough not to have been attacked. Why was he not as fortunate as I was?

      Hester - 2012-04-24 14:26

      WTF does "walk in love" and "listen to your inner guide dance" mean???? These goodie2shoes people make me sick.

  • sandra.inja - 2012-04-24 11:03

    if you don't carry any valuables, they kill you anyway........

  • Clayton - 2012-04-24 11:18

    but there have always been signs at Noordhoek beach...

      bluzulu - 2012-04-24 11:59


      Aaron - 2012-04-24 11:59

      Yes, there have, I can also attest to this.

  • Jacqui - 2012-04-24 11:30

    No we won't carry any valuables. One of these days we won't wear clothes either. Naked people can't be robbed, at least I think not.

      Rob - 2012-04-24 11:42

      No Jacqui....But then it will be rape replacing robbery. Cant win !

      bluzulu - 2012-04-24 11:59

      Another excuse for a bike ride,

  • Garth - 2012-04-24 11:42

    Horse back patrols and clear surroundig bush of invader species such as bergies and people living in bush, visible policing, quads are noisy and can be heard miles off, in effective in dense bush.

      Aaron - 2012-04-24 12:00

      How about a few "sting" operations? Also, can't the sharkspotters keep a lookout when they're there?

  • Pierre - 2012-04-24 11:59

    Here is a plan. Get PLAIN CLOTHES UNDER COVER cops to take walks down the beach with concealed weapons. If they get approached by muggers, they can arrest, shoot the buggers. Why do they spend huge bucks on cameras for trapping motorists (the tax payers) but they are not willing to trap criminals. Get your head out your ass Dan Plato and dont force us to simply accept that Noordhoek Beach should become just another NoGo area.

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