Cape Town police set to use ebikes to target crime on Table Mountain
To target incidents of rape and robbery, Cape Town police ebikes are set to be deployed on the slopes of Table Mountain.
Citing an increase in rape and robberies occurring around the Cape mountain range, Cape Town police ebikes are set to be deployed around the city to target criminals.
The fleet of Greyp G12 ebikes, which are capable of reaching speeds up to 70km/h, are specced in the same breadth as World Cup downhill bikes. Read: Tesla set to open its new Cape Town office
The Greyp G12 is made of steel, while panels that house the internals are constructed out of carbon fibre. Traditionally, the G12 costs around £6,550 GBP.
The incentive of using ebikes over traditional patrol vehicles is that the new fleet of Greyp off-roaders will be able to be used in a breadth of scenarios (from beaches to domestic areas) and will be far cheaper to use and maintain when compared to its standard counterparts.
Cape Town police services presently use a fleet of scramblers and vehicles to patrol the city, but lack a vehicle with the versatility of an ebike to reach parts of the mountain range. Read: New South African plug could become semi-compulsory
In an interview with Cape Talk, Robbie Roberts – the director of law enforcement for the city, cited that “œYou can put it (the bike) in electronic mode and it can take you all around the mountain. What is also good is it is fingerprint activated so the only person who can activate that bike is the owner.“
The City hopes that the fleet of ebikes will aid in crime prevention, with the city most recently being wracked by violent attacks near the University of Cape Town, and two tragic murders in the areas of Tokai and Khayelitsha.
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Source: Mountain Bike Rider