Words: Samantha Love Images: Nicky Newman
In the first three days of South Africa’s lockdown, the Cape Town Central City Improvement District (CCID) caught scores of criminals attempting to break into businesses and cars in the deserted Cape Town central business district (CBD). The crimes were sporadic and opportunistic, confirms CCID CEO Tasso Evangelinos. The arrests raised the CCID’s safety and security department’s success rate of catching criminals to 98%.
While the criminals were chancers, the fact that they were caught had nothing to do with chance. When the National State of Disaster was announced, Tasso and his team swiftly shifted their strategy to ensure the CCID, the largest of its kind in South Africa, continued to deliver on its mandate to keep the city centre safe and clean, even while the CBD wasn’t open for business.