XANDER JANSE VAN RENSBURG
According to Brooklyn SAPS, the Hatfield area is regarded as a high crime zone. Official SAPS crime statistics for the 2015/2016 period show a decrease in all property-related crimes reported at Brooklyn SAPS, with the exception of burglary at residential areas. A total decrease of 8.7% was recorded between April 2014 to March 2015 and April 2015 to March 2016. However, there were still 529 reported cases of theft of motor vehicles and motorcycles, with a further 1 063 cases of theft out of motor vehicles. Ten cases of carjacking were also reported. Perdeby has collaborated with SAPS and UP’s Department of Security Services to provide students with some tips on car safety.
Student parking facilities
Firstly, students are advised to park in enclosed parking areas. Free, car-guarded parking is available to all UP students on Festival Street (on the corner of Burnett and Prospect Street), on Lunnon Road (between Herold and Jan Shoba Street) and Herold Street (opposite the Universiteitsoord church). However, these parking areas tend to fill up quickly.
Secondly, students are encouraged to use the park and ride facility from the LC de Villiers sports campus to the Hatfield Campus. The service runs on weekdays from 06:45 to 18:45. Park and ride facilities are also available from the Groenkloof, Mamelodi, and Prinshof campuses.
Another option is paid undercover parking in the Engineering 3 parkade. The parkade accommodates approximately 600 vehicles and can be accessed via UP’s University Road entrance.
SAPS safety tips
According to SAPS safety awareness for vehicles, the following are some good safety practices: