It’s always fantastic when people are working towards solving a problem which some are regards Knysna’s growing car guard problem. We have to give them credit if we’re not part of the solution.
Despite that, my main criticism with Local Law Enforcement and the SAPS is that their efforts will be stifled unless they actively remove the false car guards who fight for position on our streets. Knysna Municipality needs to pass a by-law making it illegal to impersonate a car guard and then, most importantly, enforce it.
If i were a tourist, i’d be afraid if i saw men racing at me to try get my money first.Then there’s actual fights in the streets. And increased car break-ins. And surely drug dealers could be using them as lookouts. Most of that will be covered by fake car guards.
Let’s remember that people need money to survive and someone trying to earn a living must be respected. But official car guards are, essentially, representative of our town. They need to be of clean appearance. They cannot be alcoholics looking to scrape money together for their daily booze.
Here is the press release from the Knysna Municipality:
A collective drive to solve the longstanding problem of unofficial, unmonitored car guards in Knysna is currently underway, through cooperation between Knysna Municipality, the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Sector 1 Community Police Sub-Forum (CPSF).
Chairperson for the Community Services Committee Councillor Irene Grootboom explained the main objective to be that the registered attendants should not only safeguard the vehicles, but also monitor their immediate surroundings and have a friendly disposition towards the community – including motorists and pedestrians. “To achieve this objective, registered attendants have been given certain guidelines in these respects at regular meetings held throughout the year with the Municipal Law Enforcement Department, SAPS and the Sector 1 CPSF,” she said. “At the last meeting two members were voted to act as the parking attendants’ captains and spokesmen by their peers. They are Daniel, who is posted at the Knysna town library, and Donovan, who looks after parked vehicles at the lower Heads parking area.”
SAPS performs a screening process on each parking attendant applicant to ensure that the individual has no criminal record. He or she is then registered by the Municipal Law Enforcement Department. This department then issues the parking attendant with a green bib and allocate him/her their specific area in town.
Sector 1 CPSF Chairperson Cheryl Britz noted that registered attendants are now recognised by their green and red bibs. “The Sector 1 CPSF have initiated Business Watch – a concept through which businesses can get involved in the fight against crime. The project invites businesses to approve of and issue the screened parking attendant in their area with a red bib, which may be branded with the business’ logo,” said Britz. “For more information on the Business Watch initiative, or to order a red bib, please contact me at 082 574 9657, or on firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Grootboom encouraged business owners to get involved with the Business Watch initiative. “This is a great opportunity for businesses to play an active role in safeguarding not only their employees’ and customers’ vehicles, but their surroundings,” she concluded. “And by creating a safer environment, we are one step closer to creating a town where people and nature prosper.”
For assistance with parking attendant problems, please contact Steven Langlands from the Knysna Municipal Law Enforcement Department on email@example.com, or Mvuleni at 083 665 3824 or Ricardo on 079 912 2848. Alternatively, contact Capt. D Kitching or Sector 1 Manager W/O F Cowley from the Knysna SAPS on 044 302 6600.