Monday, May 19, 2008

24-hour security operations centre on Signal Hill launched

By Tina George
19 May 2008

For the first time in many years, the public will be allowed to enjoy late night views from Signal Hill following today’s opening of a new 24-hour security centre.

Situated in the parking area of the famous viewing site, the centre incorporates upgraded CCTV cameras, panic buttons, motion detectors and better lights, all supplied by Chubb and more foot patrols.

For the past four years, locals and tourists have been denied access after 21:00, when the City’s lights are at their best, however public access to the viewing site will now be extended until 1am.

According to the City of Cape Town, Fidelity Security Services supplied the security personnel. They received tourism and PR training before deployment to the site.

Speaking at the official opening of the Centre, City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Social Development and Tourism, Cllr Simon Grindrod, said security at our prime tourist sites required such proactive public/private sector partnerships.

The security companies responded to Grindrod’s call last month for assistance in protecting those using the site and donated their services free of charge.

"I call upon Capetonians from across the City to visit these attractions in great numbers to reclaim them from the criminal element. Let us show that Signal Hill belongs to all of us and that we will not deny access simply because of the criminal actions of a few. Capetonians and all South Africans must visit our wonderful, free attractions and show that we are not afraid,” says Grindrod.

He added that South Africa is at the cusp of its biggest tourism draw card in its history – the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

“It sends the wrong signal when we pack up and leave a popular tourist area because of the threat of crime. We must stand up and find similar solutions for other areas like the one we have established for Signal Hill,” says Grindrod.


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