MORE than 80 additional police officers from within the Eastern Cape province, including the K9 unit, have been deployed to police the National Arts Festival, in line with the SAPS’ Back to Basics principle on the policing of major events.
“This is to ensure that our locals as well as our guests from all over the globe feel safe while enjoying the internationally recognised festival,” police spokeswoman Captain Mali Govender said.
Several measures have been put in place to make access to the police easier should any need arise.
The following seven mobile points will be accessible as reporting points: Monument, Village Green, High Street, Church Square, Fiddlers Green, Fingo Square at the Fingo Festival, and Noluthando Hall at the Joza hub.
“As in previous festivals the most commonly reported crimes have been thefts,” Govender said.
Festival-goers are once again urged follow a few simple safety tips to prevent becoming a victim:
- Ensure that your vehicle is locked before you leave it.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
- Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.
- Always be cautious!