year in review 2018 Paperturn - Page 38



MANAGING
CRIME AT UCT
The safety of the staff, students and visitors on
UCT’s campuses is a critical priority and remains
a significant, complex and costly challenge.
The university’s endeavours in
combating crime were supported
through well-established relationships
with the Community Improvement
Districts of Little Mowbray, Groote
Schuur and Observatory, as well as
with the Rondebosch and Mowbray
police stations.
The critical challenges faced by
CPS include high levels of inequality
and poverty in local communities, the
geographical situation and openness
of the campuses, antiquated CCTV
equipment and infrastructure, and
the lack of proactive communication
between the UCT community and
CPS.
Although crime in general has
increased, UCT remains a relatively
safe campus. There is a need,
however, for continuing innovation
in crime prevention and visible
policing.
UCT is an open campus, and
a number of university properties,
particularly student residences, are
in residential areas that have been
experiencing elevated crime levels.
In 2018 the main crimes affecting
UCT students, staff and visitors were
robbery and theft. The number of
reported robberies has increased
by more than 200% since 2010.
Theft remained a problem, especially
theft of cellphones and laptops, theft
from motor vehicles and theft of
motor vehicles and bicycles.
Nonetheless, there were some
positive developments in that suspects
who were allegedly responsible for bag
and bicycle thefts were apprehended
by Campus Protection Services (CPS),
and robberies and muggings declined
in some of the more typical crime hot
spots as a result of improved patrolling
and visibility from security personnel.
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