Cape Town launches helicopter patrols to boost beach security

The city is reinforcing its security on the beach due to the large influx of beach goers during of the festive season.
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The City of Cape Town launched a pilot helicopter patrol project early December and Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith inspected beaches along False Bay coast in a helicopter yesterday.

The City of Cape Town is reinforcing its security on the beach due to the large influx of beach goers during of the festive season.

City officials visited several beaches including Muizenberg, Strandfontein, Strand and Mnandi using the helicopter.

Beach revellers could be seen having fun under the watch of life guards and safety volunteers.

Law enforcement officers and Metro police were also patrolling the roads leading to beaches and conducting vehicle inspections.

Smith said the use of the helicopter enabled the City of Cape Town to patrol larger areas in a shorter time as compared to using the road.

“We contracted the helicopter for some hours over the festive season to be able to go out and respond to incidents on the ground. We were able to respond to several incidents almost every day that we were out; we’ve actually found the helicopter to be extremely useful.”

Smith added that they would be covering until January three different routes until January.

More: EWN

 

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