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Cape Town wraps up child safety project

by BuaNews Online
on 06 Apr 2008
BuaNews Online
BuaNews Online

The Cape Town Metropolitan Police have concluded a social crime prevention project which targeted over 10 000 children across the province.

The Metro Police initiated Project Stay Safe in April last year to raise awareness about child safety and to provide parents and children with basic safety tips for every day security.

"Children need to be empowered to protect themselves and parents need to know how to empower their children," said Metro Police spokesperson Nowellen Petersen on Thursday.

After the project was successfully piloted, the Stay Safe Project was expanded to more areas across the metropole to include shopping malls, schools and educational centres.

"Using road shows, the youth from targeted communities were motivated to become change agents and to encourage other young people to become safety conscious.

"This was done through performances of song, theatre, dance and poetry - all containing a message relating to child safety.

"In addition, promotional items such as rulers, frisbees, whistles, and pamphlets with child safety tips were distributed amongst children at the various venues," said Ms Petersen.

The incidence of crimes perpetrated against children including murder has reached unacceptable levels not only in Cape Town but across the country, she said.

The prevention of violent crimes against children, particularly girls, has become more and more challenging.

The successful project will present its final road show on Friday in the area of Manenberg said Ms Petersen. - BuaNews

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