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It is hoped that the arrest of two suspected muggers will serve as a warning to would-be thieves that the City and other enforcement agencies are keeping a close eye on the Company’s Garden to ensure the safety of visitors. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s Parks Department has been notified that two suspects were arrested in the Company’s Garden precinct today, 8 March 2016.

One suspect was arrested inside the Company’s Garden for possession of an imitation firearm. The South African Police Service (SAPS) suspects that the individual has been involved in a number of muggings in the area and has detained him for further investigation.Later a second suspect was arrested in Hatfield Street, adjacent to the Company’s Garden, by the Central City Improvement District (CCID) who were assisted by the SAPS. The suspect had a gold chain in his possession which he had allegedly snatched from a passer-by.

‘We’ve been told by the CCID that criminals target women wearing expensive jewellery. They approach under the guise of begging but then pull the chain off your neck and run away. There are a handful of criminals responsible for muggings in the CBD and they tend to hide out among street people. The arrest of these two suspects is therefore a significant step forward in preventing future muggings in the precinct,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Special Projects, Alderman Belinda Walker.

City Parks recently increased security measures in the Company’s Garden by installing additional lighting and CCTV cameras, and working closely with the CCID, the SAPS and Metro Police (see more here: A number of additional enhanced security measures will be rolled out over the next few months to further address crime.

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