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City pilots e-Bikes to curb crime

11 March 2016 7:54 AM
City is upping their game in the face of the upsurge of violent crime in hot spots like Table Mountain and Rhodes Memorial.

Crime on Table Mountain has come under the spotlight again with a recent spate of rapes and robberies in the area..

The City of Cape Town is piloting electric bicycles in a bid to more effectively combat crime and violence.

The cost saving eBikes are imported from overseas and function as a hybrid between a motorcycle and a bicycle.

It's driven by a rechargeable battery, can drive for a distance up to 120 kilometers and reaches a top speed of 65 km/h.

Robbie Robberts, Director of Law Enforcement in the City of Cape Town

The City's Robbie Robberts says the eBike has helped with the deployment of law enforcement officers and hopes the the new technology will help fight crime in concerning areas around UCT and Table Mountain.

We've got a few challenges, specifically in the area of UCT with the rape cases reported there. We've also got other incidents of theft out of vehicles and robbery on the mountain.

Robbie Robberts, Director of Law Enforcement in the City of Cape Town

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