Don’t forget to lock your car

Part­ner­ships play an in­te­gral part in the fight against crime, but remember to look af­ter your valu­ables too

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - METRO - SHANICE NAIDOO

MANY ar­rests have been ex­e­cuted, how­ever, own­ers ig­nore the mes­sage of not leav­ing valu­ables in their ve­hi­cles.

Sea Point Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Fo­rum chair­woman Heather Tager said: “Peo­ple need to man­u­ally check if their car is locked be­fore mov­ing away. Due to the den­si­fi­ca­tion of the area, pri­vate park­ing is at a pre­mium with space along the pub­lic roads be­ing utilised.”

She said at­trac­tions such as the Sea Point Swim­ming Pool and the Prom­e­nade, which both drew hun­dreds of peo­ple, played a huge role in the in­crease of daily com­muters.

Tager said most of the crime in the precinct was prop­erty-re­lated, with the most preva­lent be­ing res­i­den­tial bur­glar­ies oc­cur­ring in the early morn­ing hours and theft out of mo­tor ve­hi­cles late in the even­ing.

Mean­while, var­i­ous ini­tia­tives have been put in place such as the in­stal­la­tion of Licence Plate Recog­ni­tion Cam­eras which has re­sulted in many ar­rests.

“The Sea Point City Im­prove­ment Dis­trict has played a large role in the cen­tral busi­ness dis­trict with min­i­mum crime oc­cur­ring.

“The CID’s pres­ence en­ables the po­lice to spread their vis­i­bil­ity and re­sources in the other ar­eas of the precinct.”

Tager said al­though there was an eco­nomic down-trend, the area con­tin­ues to grow with the in­crease of mul­ti­ple devel­op­ments through­out the precinct.

“Part­ner­ships play an in­te­gral part in the fight against crime, thus the strong re­la­tion­ship with all other law en­force­ment agen­cies, pri­vate se­cu­rity com­pa­nies, Neigh­bour­hood Watches and other as­so­ci­a­tions.”

Sea Point po­lice Cap­tain El­iz­a­beth Munro said Sea Point Po­lice, with the CPF, will be host­ing an im­bizo where crime will be dis­cussed on Wed­nes­day at 6pm at the Weiz­mann Pri­mary School, Kloof Road, Sea Point.

Ward 54 Coun­cil­lor Shayne Ram­say told Week­end Ar­gus while there have been a few in­ci­dents of crime re­ported in the neigh­bour­ing ar­eas of Fres­naye, Camps Bay and Sea Point, she was not aware of any re­cent crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity in Bantry Bay.

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