According to the Cape Town Central Improvement District (CCID), Cape Town is now seeing record low numbers of crime in the province due to the lockdown caused by COVID-19.
The CCID confirmed that the crime rates had dropped an astonishing 73% across all crime categories compared to this time last year.
“Only 94 crime incidents were reported from 26 March 2020 to 15 May 2020, compared with 340 during the same period last year,” said the CCID Safety & Security manager Mo Hendricks.
With fewer people on the streets and increased Police presence enforcing the Disaster Management Act Regulations, this could be the reason we are witnessing a record low.
The same period last year Cape Town saw 23 robberies, 83 motor vehicle theft cases and 38 cases of people fighting in the street. It has been reported from the start of the lockdown there have only been five robberies (reduction of 78%) – 5 cases of vehicle theft (reduction of 92%) and 11 cases of fighting in public (reduction of 70%).
Cape Town has been renowned for ATM fraud outside of lockdown, however, during lockdown the province has seen no cases of ATM fraud.
Hendrick has explained that the CCID is working at full capacity and have over 300 Public Safety Officers working day and night 24/7. Previously the department enforced a different crime prevention strategy but now they have said they are focussing on “protecting people, property and possessions.”
The CCID has also reported that they are enforcing the prevention of illegal cigarettes and those breaking the curfew regulations.
“Fines of over R20 000 have been issued for the illegal sale of cigarettes and people being out on the streets without a permit from 20h00 to 05h00.” said Hendricks