Community Crime Prevention is a non-profit organization founded by Keri Cross 6 years ago. She started the organisation in response to the desperate need to reduce the crime in Hout Bay. CCP works alongside the community, SAPS, private response teams and other security organisations in a neutral capacity to assist residents, keeping them safe & informed. At the time CCP was founded, Hout Bay was considered one of the most unsafe suburbs to reside in.
Operations began from a small room at the back of a local shop in Hout Bay. Slowly, the organisation grew as residents became aware of Keri’s initiative. She was able to employ more staff and obtain patrol vehicles, as well as erecting over 900 cameras in and around Hout Bay (some of these being licence recognition cameras which created beneficial access, awareness and visibility).
CCP’s patrollers are medically trained, patrol right through the night, and are able to track and apprehend criminals fleeing a crime. Their patrol extends to the beaches and mountains. This has assisted considerably in almost completely eradicating muggings in the area.
3 years after CCP’s conception, Keri took over the Control Room previously known as Watchcon. Watchcon receives over a 1000 calls a month and responds to all crimes, traffic issues, riots, medical emergencies, accidents, domestic incidents and lost property. The Control Room operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. On a monthly average, CCP responds to ± 100 incidents and patrols over 400 hours. Since its creation, CCP has helped reduce Hout Bay’s crime statistics from 90 house robberies per year to just 3 over the last twelve months.
Another one of Keri’s accomplishments was the development of the Buzzer app – the initiative behind which was to create a platform that could effectively and freely connect residents to local security providers and their community. The primary feature of this app is to create an SOS Alert for the individual in an emergency situation, or for them to create an Incident Alert around a crisis or emergency situation they have witnessed themselves. Any alerts made in Hout Bay, Llandudno and Constantia go directly to the CCP Control Room, where the correct response unit is dispatched. This app has proved to be immensely helpful and has come to the aid of many people in stressful or life threatening situations. Buzzer is spreading throughout the Western Cape and links users directly to the relevant Control Room in charge of their area (provided this area is linked into the Buzzer Network).
Keri’s next project is to implement the Bethal Road Project – this is an area where high volumes of pedestrians, horse riders and domestic workers travel through. This area has been a hotspot for muggings due to it being poorly lit and with minimal security camera coverage. When it rains, the river is often too high for pedestrians and horse riders to cross. The solution to this problem would be to raise enough funds from the public and community to clear vegetation to make the pathways safer and more easily traversable, as well as to partner with an engineer to design a bridge strong enough to sustain the weight of the horses and provide an adequate pathway for pedestrians. This project would require materials for the bridge (i.e. wood and a metal frame), and funds to erect cameras and lights for more visibility at night. This would then allow for increased safety of any residents passing through this area. Keri has a few more projects in the pipeline as CCP grows and develops further. May her accomplishments grow from strength to strength!
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