UCT vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng said the safety of the university’s students and staff remained one of the its key responsibilities, and she assured that all security matters were under scrutiny.
Phakeng said the Campus Protection Services (CPS) operated 24/7 and was committed to maintaining the safety of UCT and the wider community, safeguarding their property, while maintaining order in accordance with university policies. She said officers operated from centres at UCT, patrolling campuses on foot, in marked cars and through live CCTV feeds. She said several changes and initiatives had been put in place.
“CPS works closely with the police on certain crime categories and has recorded a number of successes in the past two months, particularly regarding arrests for vehicle-related crimes. Our partnership with the Groote Schuur Community Improvement District has yielded a 66.67% reduction in robberies with aggravating circumstances, and a 69.23% reduction in the theft of motor vehicles and motorcycles between August last year and September 2019.”
In addition, Phakeng said UCT now had licence-plate recognition (LPR) cameras, which operated in conjunction with the GSCID. “On August 26, a vehicle believed to be tied to the theft of motor vehicles was identified on campus through the LPR. The suspects were arrested by police while trying to steal another vehicle.”