RoboBlok is the Atlantic Seaboard’s new protector

18 AUGUST 2015

Cape Town urban developer Blok is part of an initiative to reduce crime and loitering in the Atlantic Seaboard area by allowing security officers to effectively patrol the neighbourhood on a Segway. The initiative, affectionately nicknamed RoboBlok, includes Sea Point, Fresnaye and Bantry Bay Ratepayers and Residents Association (SFB)’s Crime & Grime.

The SFB association is constantly working towards diminishing the ongoing issue of crime in the area’s public spaces and had identified the need for daily patrols. Blok, which has already launched other community projects including the Thornhill Park revamp, stepped in to sponsor the branded Segway for 12 months.

Jacques van Embden, Blok MD and Co-Founder, who also serves on the SFB’s executive committee, said: “Blok’s involvement in this project is an extension of our philosophy that stretches way beyond property development. We are interested in urban living at large and ensuring that the neighbourhoods that we build in are desirable and safe. We are excited to see the public’s response to RoboBlok and also look forward to seeing it have a positive impact on the crime statistics in the area.”

The project is divided into three phases with the first one covering Beach Road from Three Anchor Bay to Saunders (including the Promenade), London and Marais Roads. Along with the added security, NPO Straatwerk will clean up the area twice a week and doggy bag dispensers will be available along the grassed area.

The aim of the project is multi-layered and includes a large and consistent reduction of crime, fast response to reported incidents and the increased use and enjoyment of public spaces by residents and visitors alike.

About BLOK

About Blok:

Blok is an urban property developer that operates in Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard and CBD. Thoughtfully designed spaces echo their design ethos of “four walls make an apartment, but not necessarily a home”; instead Blok has chosen to deliver apartments with considered spaces such as home offices, fireplaces, daybeds and bars; in the aim of building modern urban homes that are thoughtfully designed.

Beyond the front door, Blok has undertaken to make a lasting and meaningful contribution to the neighbourhoods in which it develops. By getting involved in Crime ‘n Grime initiatives as well as upliftment projects that benefit not only Blok owners, but their neighbours.

With sales to date of R925m+, as well as successful urban intervention projects including the installation of the Blade bicycle parking system on the Sea Point Promenade and Thornhill Park revamp in Greenpoint opposite their SEVENONT development, amongst others; Blok is no longer the newcomer in the property scene, but a serious contender that is making waves with their urban focus and community ethos.

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