Cape Town to use electric bicycles to fight crime

The City of Cape Town is piloting a project that uses electric bicycles to fight crime around Table Mountain and other parts of the city.

By - March 12, 2016 Share on LinkedIn
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The City of Cape Town is piloting a project that uses electric bicycles to fight crime around Table Mountain and other parts of the city.

Robbie Robberts, Director of Law Enforcement in the City of Cape Town, told Cape Talk that the area around Table Mountain is suffering from criminal activities.

It is a massive area to patrol, and to make it easier the City of Cape Town is using e-bikes to assist law enforcement.

“The bicycles, called Greyp bike, are imported, and are a mixture between a motorcycle and a normal bicycle,” said Robberts.

He said the electric bicycles are powered by rechargeable batteries, have a range of up to 120km, and a top speed of 70km/h.

The bicycles are fingerprint activated, which means that only the person assigned to a specific bicycle can use it.

Robberts said the e-bikes are a great addition to their current patrols, which include normal vehicles and scrambler motorbikes.

He said it is a cost-effective way for the city to increase its patrolling capabilities, and to fight crime around Cape Town.

About the bicycles

The Greyp G12S is the latest Greyp electric bicycle.

The bike has an 80-minute recharging time, and 3 pre-set riding modes: street, eco, and power.

The G12S features a newly-developed battery pack, which is light and has a high capacity.

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