This past December the MID Public Safety patrollers managed 648 public safety incidents – That’s more than 20 incidents a day!
December was a busy month for our patrollers. They dealt with 22 people behaving suspiciously, they stopped fighting in public areas, they provided emergency and medical assistance, and apprehended thieves.
Safe Home Escorts are particularly appreciated by residents who commute to work and back by train. The officers stand off at False Bay Station in the early morning and late evening when residents feel most vulnerable walking to and from the station.
During random patrols at the subways the patrollers check that they are clean and that nobody is sleeping there. 147 subway patrols were conducted in December.
Patrols are regularly conducted at Muizenberg Park where the Public Safety officers note who is in the park and check if any crime is being committed. They also log and report the erection of any new shelters.
If suspicious behaviour is noticed or reported by residents the patrollers stand off in that area until the threat is gone or they monitor and engage with the person/s if needed. If a crime is committed in their presence, they may effect a citizens arrest and detain the suspect while calling for further support from the SAPS or Law Enforcement. Most of the time their presence is a deterrent and people behaving suspiciously quickly move on. They then monitor the person (or people) until they have left the area.
Read the full December Public Safety report here
In the past the Muizenberg Improvement District (MID) had only foot patrollers looking out for threats to Public Safety. In July last year the Public Safety top-up service provided by the MID was taken to a new level with the introduction of a 24/7 dedicated MID Patrol vehicle. Call the MID vehicle via the control centre number 021 762 3813. Say you are calling from the MID. The control centre will immediately radio the MID Public Safety patrol vehicle to assist.
Issued by Lesley Schroeder, Stakeholder Engagement Director, MID
The Muizenberg Improvement District [MID] is a geographic area where property owners have contracted to pay a levy to facilitate a joint effort by the City of Cape Town and the local community to ensure more effective management of public areas and to promote business confidence.
The MID supplements normal municipal services provided by the City, using its funds to deal with crime and grime, enhance the environment and address social issues like vagrancy and finding workable solutions for the homeless. The Muizenberg Improvement District is a legal entity established under the City’s Special Rating Areas by-law and also governed by the South African Companies Act 2008. Website: http://www.mid.org.za
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Phone: 021 788 1196 or 082 463 1525