Community Safety Initiative
What is CBCSI?
The Camps Bay Community Safety Initiative, or CBCSI, is an initiative set- up by members of the Camps Bay community to safeguard and improve the security of all residents of Camps Bay, Clifton and Bakoven. It is sometimes easier to remember our name as Camps Bay CSI.
Why was CBCSI set-up?
CBCSI was started in 2007 because crime was out of control, armed response, on its own, was clearly insufficient, and numerous gaps existed in our policing and criminal justice system. The community had to pool resources together and work out measures that would be more effective against crime.
In 2019 we launched the Buzzer App in Camps Bay and Clifton. Based on Israeli technology, this sophisticated phone app gives residents a panic button on their phone which directly connects them to our Control Room (WatchCon) and to close by neigherbours who might also be able to offer assistance in an emergency. It can also be used to report suspicious activity, or to report fire, medical and municipal incidents that require a response.
We invite anyone living or spending time in Camps Bay to download this app to their phone from the website here.
CBCSI funds, staffs and manages WatchCon as well as the “021-438-2000” number for incident reporting and emergencies. WatchCon gathers intelligence and responds to emergencies. WatchCon also plays the critical role of coordinating resources within the community. With a single call, WatchCon can mobilize TAC1, various armed response vehicles, medics, SAPS and our operational command.
This is the dedicated armed vehicle that provides backup for ADT and Bay Response if there is an incident at your home and maintains security for the common areas of our suburb – streets, parks, beachfront, green areas etc that are not covered by armed response. If you see someone suspicious in the street and report this to WatchCon, TAC1 will respond.
CBCSI monitors and maintains over 60 cameras in Camps Bay, Clifton and Bakoven, and we continue to install new ones at key points in the suburb. Keeping the bandwidth and network running for these cameras is no small technical feat.
Some of the cameras have license plate recognition software and are plugged into the Western Cape LPRUG network. The software has proven effective. The cameras have helped catching criminals and providing evidence for prosecution. The cameras identify incidents as they happen and record footage for later analysis.
CBCSI maintains a common radio network so that all resources can be coordinated. ADT, Bay Response, SAPS, Community Medics, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), TAC1 and CBCSI Operational Command are all on the network, as well as community members of CBCSI who have purchased radios.
CBCSI has administration capability to take care of accounting, day-to-day general administration, collections, audit, database management, technology, debit order management, customer service, member queries and email communication.
Strategy & Leadership Services
CBCSI provides the community with strategic direction and leadership, so that we stay abreast of crime developments and use our assets effectively. CBCSI needs to stay up to date, we need to make sure we are financially sustainable and we must build capability to counter crime threats in the future. When it happens, it’s too late to prepare.
We also work with other crime fighting organizations such as armed response and SAPS to coordinate resources, share information and fight crime collectively, and we need to maintain relationships with stakeholder organizations in the community like the Camps Bay Business Forum and Camps Bay Ratepayers and Residents Association. Lastly, but importantly, CBCSI maintains member communication and engagement so that the community buys into and supports what we are doing for the collective good.