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‘Street like taxi rank’

Goodwood police have vowed to increase visibility in Anderson Street after residents raised safety concerns, comparing activity in the street to that of a taxi rank.

The street runs parallel to Goodwood train station.

A resident who requested anonymity says it’s no longer safe to walk in the area.

“Prostitutes occupy the corners of the street at night. During the day, taxis are driving up and down picking up and dropping off commuters. During the morning peak, commuters queue in the street, standing in front of driveways to get a taxi. We need more police presence.

“The street is no longer what it used to be. There’s too much activity and the people who live in this street are mostly elderly. This used to be a wonderful area, but now it’s messy with crime and grime. There are often robberies as well. Taxis have been causing havoc using the street as a stop to collect commuters. It’s basically become a taxi rank,” says the resident.

Goodwood police station commander Col Sibusiso Mntambo says more patrols will be done in the area.

“We will deploy officers for patrols in all our hot spot areas including Anderson Street especially during the night.”

The area’s community policing forum chair, John Ross, says complaints regarding Anderson Street had been discussed at a public meeting at Goodwood civic centre last year.

“All councillors, law enforcement and police attended. There were several elderly ladies who expressed their heartfelt fears for their safety. Unfortunately the manpower problem at Goodwood police station makes it extremely difficult to provide extra patrols. This is left mainly to the NHW patrollers,” says Ross.

Goodwood NHW chair Leona van Wyk has offered safety tips to elderly residents who may find themselves walking in Anderson Street. “Don’t carry a big amount of cash on you. Avoid wearing jewellery and exposing your cellphone.

“Residents should carry their handbags in front of them. It’s also advisable to wear a whistle around your neck as blowing it in times of danger can attract attention.”

TygerBurger contacted the local councillor Cecile Janse van Rensburg for comment, but received no response at the time of print.

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