Our public safety team extends beyond employees of the OBSID and employees of our contracted public safety service provider, Securitas SA (Pty) Ltd.
Besides a fulltime Precinct Manager and a site Contract Manager plus 20 public safety officers, working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the OBSID safety network extends to include the SAPS, the LPR user group, law enforcement, traffic services, private security providers and the Observatory Neighbourhood Watch.
Our officers can be found on foot and in vehicles, and are in constant radio contact with the OBSID’s 24/7 control room. Two mobile, branded kiosks are also positioned within the OBSID boundaries to further reduce the level of crime.
OBSID contracts two full time Law Enforcement officers, particularly to assist it in providing powers of arrest and being able to issue fines, giving the company the full reach of the law.
The Observatory Neighbourhood Watch is a particularly valued partner, with an ever expanding network of street WhatsApp groups in use for reporting incidents and concerns. The OBSID public safety control room is in direct contact with the Neighbourhood Watch radio network at all times.
The OBSID also liaises with business owners throughout Observatory, who provide additional “eyes on” support to the deployed teams.
The OBSID has successfully installed Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) technology and has a significant camera footprint in strategic locations throughout its area. Alerts from LPR cameras have been instrumental in a number of arrests and recovery of stolen vehicles in Observatory and the surrounding suburbs in the past year.
The OBSID enjoys a good working relationship with Woodstock SAPS.