Comfortably a month into lockdown level three, the deserted streets of April and May are a distant memory. In June the Florida Road 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 Florida Road UIP remained committed to ensuring uninterrupted service delivery during hard lockdown and introduced twice-daily site inspections by UIP management whilst continuing with a 24/7 security service. This ensured the precinct remained safe, clean, cared for and ready for post lockdown economic recovery.
The UIP management reported a drop against the regular statistics in key service areas such as waste collection and criminal incidents during hard lockdown with an uptick as restrictions lifted.
Criminal incidents nose-dived from March to April with a slight increase in May and June. Rubbish bag collections more than halved from 1400 bags collected in March to 550 and 800 bags collected in April and May respectively.
Florida Road UIP precinct manager Jarrod Evans comments: “Precincts such as Florida Road, a key business node and vibrant entertainment hub in Durban, 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 Florida Road UIP encourages all those who live and work in the precinct to play their part to keep refuse generation rates down and remain vigilant to crime threats. Please click here to view our top business crime prevention tips.