Security initiative gets wheels

26 April 2007 | Story by Helen Swingler

Security in motion: (From left) Superintendent Thinus Fourie, station commissioner, SAPS Mowbray; ADT Security's Rob Dale, UCT's John Tunstall, ADT bicycle patrolman Lunga Fana and Martin Kirsten, Liesbeeck Neighbourhood Watch. (Photo by Charles Leary.)

Some new wheels will keep crime prevention turning in the Rosebank area, thanks to action by UCT and the Liesbeeck Neighbourhood Watch. They have appointed ADT Security to implement a proactive bicycle patrol in the area, which traditionally has been home to UCT students.

UCT's risk service manager John Tunstall said: 'A large proportion of Rosebank residents are students who are often vulnerable at night when they are getting to and from class or walking around at night. The bicycle patrol will make them feel safer and it will also have the support of ADT's armed response service as necessary.'

Chair of the Liesbeeck Neighbourhood Watch Martin Kirsten said: 'Thanks to generous support from UCT, ADT, Starke Ayres Garden Centre and local residents, we have been able to start the bicycle patrol from today [Tuesday], which will operate around the clock.'

Kirsten added they were hoping to launch a second patrol in the area.

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