There has been an increase in arrests recently of chain snatchers operating within the CBD. 
Please be mindful of not flashing valuables when walking in the CBD. 
Please inform your family and friends as well​.

Sea Point Police are urging the community to report all crime, no matter how small, as soon as possible, and give all relevant information.  This is to ensure that the police are aware of all incidences for deployment purposes.
It is of no use to report crime via social media and not report it to the Police.
We need to emphasize again the importance of not leaving valuables visible in your vehicle.
Previously Sea Point Police experienced the remote jamming method; however there has been an increase in the breaking of car windows.
By working together we can curb crime!!!


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CIBRA welcomes Marc Truss as the new Chairperson of the CPF.
Marc takes over from Nicola Jowell who served as Chairperson for several years.
We wish Marc every success in this key role of building good relationships between our Police services and the Community of ratepayers and residents.
The Cape Town Community Police Forum (CPF) is the body that links SAPS and the community. This is our monthly newsletter, a snippet of what is happening in the Bowl!

A hand up not a hand out

We know that things are getting hard for people – especially with the cost of living rising - and we are finding that more people are experiencing homelessness.  People can find themselves in poverty for a number of reasons. 
Adults who migrated from the rural areas to the big city, in the hopes of finding better-paid work, soon realise that the cities are overflowing with unskilled workers, and end up begging in the streets to survive. Children run away from home to escape abuse or because there simply isn’t enough money to feed everyone. Others come from a background of entrenched, generational poverty.  The reasons that lead people to fend for themselves on the street are as versatile as the people themselves.
It is only natural to feel guilty or to feel the urge to help those less fortunate than ourselves. But is giving them money really the best or only way to help?
This month we focus on giving
a hand up, not a handout. 

We speak with Karin Cain, Operations manager at the Service Dining Rooms as well as Alderman JP Smith  to gain their perspectives and input.

till next time....stay safe!

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Click here to view the May 2018 successful arrests for Cape Town Central SAPS


The Police Officer of the Month (POM) award was initiated by the CTCPF to  recognise and thank those SAPS members who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. If you wish to nominate a SAPS member for exceptional service, please submit your nomination by the 25th of each month.


View the City of Cape Town's GIVE RESPONSIBLYcampaign poster.

  We believe in charity but there is also a time for it and a place for it.

The thing with charity is, it always runs out. It's always going to be temporary solution.

It’s often challenging to interact with the ‘down and out’, which is why we often choose to ignore them. Ignoring or belittling these individuals only pushes them lower and giving money and food increases their incentive of staying on the street.
Giving a person money will keep them on the street.

Cash makes them a target for crime and assists possible alcohol and drug addictions. 
We spoke with Karen Cain, Operations manager at the Service Dining Rooms and posed the following questions to her.

1) Tell us about the Service dining rooms?
The Service Dining Rooms opened its doors more than 80 years ago by Doris Syfret due to the Great Depression. Now 80 years later we still continue to serve food to the most vulnerable in out community for R1.

We provide a nutritious meal, not soup, to about 200 people every day and we prepare and cook food for another 500 meals which go to the vulnerable communities in areas such as Gugulethu , Nyanga and Khayelitsha, so in total we cook 700 meals a day during the week.

2) What meal is offered for R1?
The meal consists of protein and carbohydrates. A typical meal is vegetable soya with fresh vegetables (carrots, potatoes, and cabbage) and rice or samp with two rolls or two slices of bread. If available each person will also receive fruit. Sometimes we have a green salad.

3) When are meal times?
We serve coffee and a sandwich at 7:30 and in winter if we receive enough ingredients we try to serve soup at this time. serve the main meal at 11:45.
The Central Methodist Mission provide a meal on a Sunday from our premises.

4) How can we as members of the community contribute/participate?
The public may purchase the plastic tokens which can be given out rather than handing out cash.
We are always in need of help when dishing up and serving, from 11 until 12:30.
We are always in need of ingredients such as vegetables and fruit.
We are always in need of toiletries, in particular items for feminine hygiene. The public tends to forget that if you live on the street one still wishes to be able to brush ones teeth, to be able to wash with a bar of soap.

5) What is your viewpoint on giving a hand up and not a hand out?
The people who attend the SDR are the most vulnerable community.
SDR is the only NGO which serves a daily meal to the vulnerable community in Cape Town. The meal costs R1 however clients may earn a plastic token which entitles them to a meal. This is earned by going to The Carpenter’s Shop to make use of the ablution facility, by working in one of the Streetscapes gardens, by attending the HIV/TB clinic, by attending the high blood pressure/ diabetes clinic.
It is the Social Worker who will use her discretion and decide if the person should receive a meal without a token or R1.

The Service Dining Rooms like any other NGO relies upon the generosity of corporates and the public.

Their banking details are:

Current account
Account holder: The Service Dining Rooms
Number: 4078995726
Gardens branch

Alderman JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety, Security and Social Services, provides the City of Cape Town's viewpoint on giving responsibly as well as the services offered by its Social Integration Unit.

1. Tell us about the work that you and your team do?
There are a number of role players who deal with street people on several levels. These role players consist of various departments and units within the City and also of departments on Provincial and National Level. There are also Non-Governmental and private organisations that assist with taking care of street people.  

The Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department aims to give effect to the strategic focus Area of the ‘caring City” which sets out the aim to ‘effectively reduce the number of people living, sleeping and surviving on the streets, and to ensure that street people are given the necessary developmental assistance to achieve reintegration, accommodation and employment.

The Street People Reintegration Unit conducts operations with Law Enforcement across the city to offer social services and to remove illegally erected structures. However, in many cases we find that the street people are not willing to accept social services offered as they are receiving support from surrounding residents, which encourages them to remain on the street.

We have just activated our annual Winter Readiness programme that sees the City make available aid to qualifying shelters to help them cope with the increased number of people seeking shelter during this time of year. This year, 276 bed spaces have been made available at 17 shelters. The City will provide aid to the value of R950 000, including mattresses, blankets, non-perishable food and toiletriies.

2. What is the Safe Spaces Project about?
The City is not mandated to build or fund shelters. We are however piloting a temporary SAFE SPACE soon as a transitional measure to assist 230 homeless people in the Central Business District. This will include access to a secure space to sleep, access to social services and basic services such as ablutions, water and storage lockers. 

Through this project, the City aims to:
Provide social intervention services to street people who will be accommodated in order to facilitate reintegration into mainstream communities.

·        Provide health referral services to street people who will use the space
·        Provide developmental and economic empowerment programmes
·        Link persons accommodated at the space to Non-governmental       Organisations (NGOs) that support street people.
·        Provide access to Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) opportunities to persons accommodated in the space
·        Provide an exit strategy through personal development plans and links
to economic opportunities.

Street people will be encouraged to utilise the transitional facility instead of sleeping on the street.
Residents, businesses, faith based organisations and tourists are encouraged through the ‘Give Responsibly’ campaign to donate to our participating shelters during the winter readiness programme.
3. What are the main reasons that people end up on the streets? 
Some of the main reasons that people end up on the street include poverty; unemployment; marital or family breakdown; domestic violence; substance abuse; gangsterism; incarceration etc.
4. What is the responsible manner in which we the community can help a street person? 
All incidents relating to street people should be routed via the City’s Public Emergency Communication Centre by dialing 107 from a landline or
021 480 7700 from a cellphone. The centre will do the following:
  • Log the incident;
  • Create a reference number;
  • Direct the incident to the relevant department or unit based on the nature of the incident.
All complaints are attended to within 48 hours of being logged.
 5. What are the pros and cons of providing food/money to someone that comes begging? 
By directly giving handouts to street people, the public unwittingly encourages destitute persons to remain on the street and rejecting offers of social assistance from the Street People Programme.
These direct donations may also be supporting: 
  1. Gang activity
  2. Drug abuse
  3. Selling of illegal substances
  4. Chronic homelessness
  5. Keeping children on the street / truancy
  6. Erection of illegal structures
  7. Degradation of the environmental health of streets and other open spaces
To make a change in the lives of street people and the environment, please give responsibly by donating to shelters and organisations working with street people.

Registered shelters can be accessed via:

Below is a list of local shelters and organisations that you can support with your donations or time.

Homeless shelters for adults:
The Haven Night Shelter |
The Pride Shelter (for homo-, bi- und transsexual) |

Homes for children:
Girls: Ons Plek |
Boys: Beth Uriel |
The Homestead |

City Mission | 
Straatwerk |
Salesian Institute Youth Projects |
The Carpenters shop I

A reminder that there is an open invitation to you to join our open CPF meetings. These take place on the first Tuesday of each month at 08:00. The meetings are held at the Akker Hall, Central Police Station, Buitenkant Street. This means our meeting in July will take place on 3 July 2018. 
Our Executive meets on the third Monday of each month at 17:30 and we would love you to join us. Drop us an e-mail to volunteer!
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March 2018 Newsletter

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treet muggings in the City Bowl seem to have been on the rise recently. Yet, most victims, too happy to come out of these unharmed, fail to report the incidents to the SAPS.
Phoning Caledon Square or just another SAPS instance will not help: you need to lodge a complaint if these incidents are to be curbed and the criminals arrested.
Call 021 467 8001/6

A police officer will come to you
and help you open a case without your having to go to Caledon Square.
Remember: when suspects are arrested with stolen property, the SAPS has no way of returning it to its rightful owner if they do not know whose it is... for that they need a case to have been opened.

Please, don't be a victim twice: help the muggers be arrested by reporting incidents to the above number and opening a case. If you don't, it's as if the incident never happened. And a friend, relative or one or your teen children could be yet another victim. Or you (don't confuse crime and lightning!)


Please note that to go to the websites of the Neighbourhood Watches below, use the links underneath as clicking on the logos just gives you a bigger view of the logo only.
And we welcome the latest member of our Neighbourhood Watches
Link to Bo-Kaap Neighbourhood Watch
Link to Devil's Peak/Vredehoek Neighbourhood Watch
Link to Oranjezicht/Higgovale Neighbourhood Watch
Link to Tamboerskloof Neighbourhood Watch                                     
Link to Gardens Neighbourhood Watch
Link to Upper D6 Neighbourhood Watch