Our public safety team extends beyond employees of the OBSID and employees of our contracted public safety service provider, Outershield Security Solutions.
Besides two full time public safety managers and 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 employs 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, plus active members who are out and about in the community and who access the radio network to alert the officers or public safety managers to issues or concerns.
The OBSID also liaises with business owners throughout Observatory, who provide additional “eyes on” support to the deployed teams.
The OBSID has successfully trialled Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) technology and is currently expanding its footprint of cameras in strategic locations throughout its area. Alerts from LPR cameras have been instrumental in a number of arrest in Observatory and the surrounding suburbs in the past year.
The OBSID enjoys a good working relationship with Woodstock SAPS and is a member of the Community Policing Forum for the Woodstock precinct