Crime in the Cape Town CBD dropped significantly since South Africa was put under various levels of lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19.
According to the Cape Town Central City Improvement District crime in the CBD has dropped by 56% since lockdown regulations were introduced in March last year.
The Cape Town Central Improvement District (CCID) safety and security manager Muneeb Hendricks said “the number of incidents across the CCID’s five top crime categories fell from 1,624 cases to only 705 cases in this time frame.”
Hendricks said the number of theft’s allegedly dropped by 60, robberies by 67 and ATM fraud by 95%.
There has also been a decrease in drug-related cases and suspects caught with stolen goods.
Hendricks attributed the drop in crime to “successful implementation of a preventive deployment strategy during lockdown” and collaboration between police and city law enforcement.