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.
CBCSI (Camps Bay Community Safety Initiative) is a 24 hour community response team responding to all emergencies and calls for help.
CBCSI Operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- Responds to, on average, 100 calls a month
- Patrols 400 hours a month
- 4000 kms driven per month
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.
Communication with members
When there is a serious problem in the area – fire, flood, storm, riot etc. – we will send out updates as they happen, we use radio, community WhatsApp groups, Facebook, Buzzer and Twitter and reach thousands of residents quickly. CBCSI communicates with residents and gives them up to date communication to issues that directly affect their suburb.
When there are professional scammers working in Camps Bay and Clifton, in the form of ATM fraud, “tear drop” hitch hikers, Facebook scammers, “I have no petrol”, “Gardener from next door”, etc. We know them and will warn the community of their presence when they are in Camps Bay and Clifton through our Facebook page, Buzzer or WhatsApp, alerting residents to the area the scammer is working.
CBCSI works with each area individually:
We work with each area or security estates to help them get the best information when it comes to crime patterns and escape routes, we will advise on guards, best spots for cameras, how to place physical barriers, who to monitor, who to respond to, and offer a full risk assessment and multiple tiered solutions.
CBCSI works with individual households:
We help and advise people on their security needs, we do security assessments on each household, and will advise of weak spots, everything from lights, fencing, cameras, response plans to alarms and how to link to the greater community in a time of need.
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.
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.