The City of Cape Town is confident of its ability to secure the city during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all visitors. Security services will maintain a strong but discreet presence, allowing fans to enjoy the tournament in safety.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) has implemented an integrated overall security plan for all host cities. Resources have been substantially strengthened to cater for all contingencies during the event.
The City of Cape Town has procured additional fire engines, law enforcement vehicles and staff, traffic officers and motorcycles. A network of 280 CCTV surveillance cameras has been installed throughout the metropole, especially in areas frequented by tourists.
Security forces have already carried out drills and exercises to prepare for any possible threats - from a terrorist attack to a major fire or a riot.
Tight security is provided at the stadium and in the stadium precinct, at the FIFA Fan Fest on the Grand Parade, along the Fan Walk from the city to the stadium, and at all fan jols (public viewing areas) and transport nodes. Metrorail has provided extra security to ensure the safety of train passengers.
The SAPS has worked closely with international police forces on the exchange of information, the identification of potential threats and, most importantly, how to deal effectively with any incidents that may occur. Like all big cities, Cape Town has its share of crime. The rule of thumb is that simple common sense will keep you and your possessions safe. SAFETY TIPS
IN YOUR HOTEL
IN YOUR CAR
- keep your valuables and passport in the hotel safe
- Close and lock the door when you are in your room
- Don’t open the door without checking who it is
- Don’t leave cellphone or laptop unattended
- Keep your credit card in sight
IN THE STREET
- Keep doors locked at all times
- Don’t pick up strangers
- Be alert to beggars at intersections and don’t give them money
- Never open your window when approached by a stranger
- If you think you are being followed drive to a busy place or police station
- Don’t keep items visible on the seat
- Avoid dark or deserted places
- Don’t use cellphone while walking
- Keep cellphone and wallet tucked away
- Don’t wear expensive jewellery
- Don’t carry large sums of money or your passport with you
- Protect your PIN number at cash withdrawal machines (ATMs)
- Only use ATMS that are inside a mall or other building. The till points at some major retail stores (such as Pick 'n Pay) also act as ATMS
- Use travellers' cheques as a safe way of carrying money around. You can exchange these at all banks, and get a refund if they are stolen
- Do not divulge any information to persons unknown to you
In the event of an emergency, help is close at hand.
Numbers to dial:
107 (landline only)
10111 (landline and mobile)
112 (mobile only)