Staying Safe

REPORTING INCIDENTS - WHY

Why we recommend any person who is a victim of crime on the Spruit to fill in the survey and report the incident to the SAPS:

Reporting your incident to the SAPS is not mandatory and can be a pain but it assists Jozi Trails and the long term safety of the Spruit in two ways: 

  1. With all the information Jozi Trails can get a combined view of all the different incidents that have taken place, and with that, we can then focus our energy in the right direction, hot spots etc.
  2. The SAPS put more focus and resources into areas that receive a high number of documented incidents. The more cases opened in the area, the easier it is to get the SAPS to support the Jozi Trails initiatives in those areas. Secondly, only SAPS can make arrests and get prosecutions and to do this they need CASE numbers to link the crimes and get effective prosecutions.

REPORTING INCIDENTS - HOW

How to report an incident effectively to Jozi Trails:

  • Where: Did it happen?
  • When: Did it happen?
  • Who: Number, description, attitude, clothing, weapons
  • What? Now, Have you done a police report & which police station did you report it to 

If you have any questions or need assistance about security on the Spruit or after an indicent please get in touch with Owen, our head of Security at owen@jozitrails.co.za or +27 83 965 1334.

We’ve created a Whatsapp group to circulate any important Jozi Trails notices and security updates. If you’d like to join and keep up to date with the latest info, join using the link below.

LATEST NOTICES

The tree-line walking trail in Delta Park is as good as new😀After a week of hard work all the erosion ruts are gone and there is a good & solid surface for the walkers and park runners.Erosion control measures have been reinstated to ensure that the trails stays in good shape when the next summer rains come.A big thank you again to LeadCon team for the equipment and soil!Next week - complete work on bottom section & fix Leighton Rd side of Delta Park ... See MoreSee Less
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As the days get shorter and colder, as the sun rises late and sets early, it is so good to see how many people get out there and brave the cold to use Jozi Trails each day.However, the darker mornings and evenings increase the security risk of those using the Trails at those times. We would like to remind you of a few security protocols to keep you all safe while you enjoy the open spaces and kilometres of trails that are the Jozi Trails:🌳 Try to walk, run or cycle in groups of three or more if possible. Perhaps look at making a walking or running group from your street or neighbourhood🌳 Avoid getting onto the trails before it is really light. It might mean a slightly later start, but it is for your safety🌳 Avoid ostentatious displays of jewellery or wearable tech. This only makes you a potential target. Be aware of your surroundings and please don’t wear headphones or even buds, as they reduce your awareness of the surroundings.🌳 Walk with your dogs on a lead and if you don’t have a dog, walk with a friend who does!🌳 Finally, please don’t use your phone whilst on the trails. Again, this puts you at risk.Security is the responsibility of all trail users. Our Trail Guardians are out there patrolling, but we can all help to reduce the risk to ourselves and others.Enjoy the Jozi Trails! ... See MoreSee Less
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SAFETY TIPS

High-risk Times: 4:30 am to 10 am and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, both of these periods are the trails highest use times and provide opportunities for criminals to take advantage of low light conditions.

When using the trails:

  • Situational Awareness is your greatest defence tool, beware of people and vehicles in the close vicinity
  • Try to run /walk/ride in groups, look after each and every group member and try not let people fall behind
  • Try to exercise after first light
  • Don’t use headphones – they reduce your awareness of what’s going on around you and make you vulnerable
  • Don’t display valuable items such as phones, cameras, keep them hidden
  • Avoid being in areas of a limited line of sight such as thick bushes and shrubs, stick to paths that are open and preferably well used
  • Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back
  • If you are able to carry a mobile Panic Button such as the MySOS Panic  Button or other recommended panic buttons or apps, then leave your valuable phone at home and remove the temptation for criminals
  • Enable the tracking function on your phone when out and about

In the worst-case scenario:

  • Don’t fight back, give them what they want and remove yourself from danger.
  • The only time this could not apply is if your assailant tries to take you to a secondary location, every situation is different and this will need to be a personal judgement call. If you feel your life or safety is in danger you will have to make that call.
  • As soon as you are in a safe place, contact the police.
  • These crimes need to be reported to the police and you need to get a CAS number, this will help us greatly in tracking the criminal activity on the river and stopping it.
  • Once you have a CAS number go to Jozi trails incident report form and make sure you include the CAS number in your report.

MEET OUR JT BOBBIES

Having eyes and ears on the trail during peak visitor times is one of the many ways we’re ramping up safety.  To start with, we’ve employed four security guards we call JT Bobbies to patrol the whole phase 1 area (from Conrad Drive to Emmerentia, including Delta Park) from 6am to 6pm on weekends.  They are easy to spot, on their JT bikes (sponsored by Trek), wearing 24/7 Security uniform with a Jozi Trails logo on the front  and they’ll be happy to assist if you need directions, advice or any other help.

JOZI TRAIL BOBBIES

 Thank you!

24/7 SecurityCAP  and  Beagle Watch Armed Response have joined forces to help fight crime on the Spruit. The companies regularly station their guards, cars, horses and bikes to patrol Delta Park, Emmarentia, Conrad Drive and Alberts farm. A massive thank you to these three competing companies for coming together for the cause.

REPORT A PROBLEM

If an accident or incident occurs on the Spruit and you need help, here’s who to contact:

SECURITY ISSUES?

24/7 Security Services Control Room
011 444 2237

Security guards on bike patrol
(Saturday and Sunday, 6am – 6pm)

EMERGENCY SERVICES?

Ambulance Service  011 444 2237

Fire Service  011 444 2237

Poison Centre  0800 111 229

COMPLAINT, CONCERN OR SUGGESTION?

If there’s something about the Trails that’s buggin you, and you’d like something done about it, please be in touch with us at  info@jozitrails.co.za or leave a message on our   Facebook page.
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You keep Jozi Trails Going!

Jozi Trails is almost entirely supported by people like you. As a non-profit organization, we need your support to keep the trails free to use, well maintained – and amazing – for everyone.