Comfortably a month into lockdown level three, the deserted streets of April and May are a distant memory. In June, the Ballito UIP heartily welcomed the opening of businesses and the return of people to the precinct. But more human activity has inevitably led to an increase in security related incidents, cleansing and maintenance requirements and of course a spike in rubbish collections from those experienced during level four and five. These elements highlight the need and benefits of managed precincts.
While the general population hunkered down to flatten the curve, the Ballito UIP remained committed to ensuring uninterrupted service delivery during hard lockdown, introducing twice daily UIP management precinct inspections and continuing with 24/7 security services to ensure that the precinct remained safe, clean, cared for and ready for post lockdown economic recovery.
The Ballito UIP recorded a drop in key operational statistics such as waste collection quantities and criminal incidents during hard lockdown with an uptick as restrictions lifted.
Crime incidents nose-dived from March to April with a slight increase in May and June. Rubbish waste bag collections dropped exponentially from approximately 1900 bags filled in March to approximately 450 total bags collected for April and May.
Ballito UIP precinct manager Thierry Leclezio comments: “Areas such as Ballito, a key business and leisure node on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, need people to thrive but challenges like crime and grime go hand in hand with human activity. The statistics we’ve seen simply demonstrate the importance of having a strong precinct management solution that counteracts these issues and ensures a clean, safe and prosperous precinct.”
The Ballito UIP encourages all those who live and work in the precinct to play their part to keep rubbish generation rates down and remain vigilant to crime threats. Please click here to view our top business crime prevention tips.
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