This is a huge deployment, and we are confident it is going to make a difference to the safety of Capetonians, proclaims the City of Cape Town in a Facebook post.
On Wednesday morning, 100 new officer deployments, who began working from the 1st of July were welcomed by Cape Town Leader Geordin Hill-Lewis alongside JP Smith as part of the policing presence in the Cape Town CBD.
Hill-Lewis said The CBD is the heartbeat of the city’s economy and all thousands of residents come to the city to work, trade, or attend schools and colleges. Stating that Capetonians must be able to go about their day as well as feel safe while doing so.
Hill-Lewis also added that the City of Cape Town has taken it upon itself to fill the gaps left by diminishing SAPS resources.
This comes after the Cape Town Central policing precinct recorded increases in a number of crime categories in 2022 with 87% leading in robbery with aggravating circumstances, 61.4% in common robberies, and 21.7% in assault GBH as compared to April to June of 2021.
‘The statistics are of concern, and illuminate the importance of this CBD deployment said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.