The Minister of Community Safety, Mr Dan Plato, on 5 May, handed over a new mobile security kiosk to the Groote Schuur Community Improvement District (GSCID) as part of a third roll out of mobile security kiosks to CIDs provincially. The ceremony took place at the Mowbray Transport Interchange.

The new kiosk is the 6th mobile security kiosk deployed in the area and forms part of the total complement of security vehicles and mobile units used throughout the GSCID precinct. They are deployed on the basis of an assessment of crime hotspots and will be manned by the Chrysalis interns under senior GSCID supervision.

Attending the event were Minister Dan Plato, (MEC); Anthony Davies, CEO of the GSCID; Johnathan Hobday, Chairman of the Mowbray Community Police Forum (CPF); Charl Brooks, GSCID Operations Manager; Colonel Ellman (newly appointed SAPS Claremont Cluster Commander), members of the Provincial legislature, Chrysalis interns and other interested parties.

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“We value the fact that the MEC visited the GSCID precinct for the occasion,” says Davies, “and his message of committed partnerships to combat crime is an important one. Cooperation between all security and law enforcement agencies is critical and we continue to build stronger relationships with other security initiatives such as neighbourhood watches and private security companies in our efforts to fight crime.”

“There is high demand for increased visibility and this is going to help us with a bigger footprint throughout the whole area,” says GSCID Operations Manager, Charl Brooks. “We have eleven subways in the GSCID precinct which are considered high risk areas and these mobile security kiosks assist us in securing these areas.”

“It is all about building partnerships,” says Davies. “This is certainly a major step forward as we now have 6 kiosks in operation, manned by supervised Chrysalis trainees who are active on our streets. The provision of this additional kiosk provides for more effective coverage in crime prone areas and will certainly beef up the visibility of our security presence in the area,” says Davies.  Brooks appealed to community members to join in this partnership and to contribute to  the GSCID’s efforts to combat crime by remaining alert and vigilant and to provide feedback.

Davies extended special thanks to Gideon Morris, Chief Director: Civilian Oversights (DOCS), who co-ordinated the handover of the kiosk and has also been responsible for the Chrysalis internships. “The Chrysalis trainees have already been put to work and shown their mettle,” says Davies. “They have undertaken a major survey of the maintenance items throughout the GSCID area, replacing damaged drain covers and the like and assisting in other security operations. We now have seven more sets of eyes and ears in our area.”

 

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The Minister of Community Safety, Mr Dan Plato with the Chrysalis trainees at the kiosk handover

 

 

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