This morning, several subscribers told us about a number of cars that had been broken into in a secluded part of the gravel road leading up from Constantia Nek’s main parking.

During the day, we urge mountain users to park their cars in the main Constantia Nek parking, in sight of pedestrians, traffic, and car guards. Please avoid parking your car in the area overnight altogether.

Other car break-in hotspots, as identified by Table Mountain Watch, include the parking at the start of Devils Peak trail (end of Tafelberg Road) and Silvermine East. 

Thank you, SafetyMountain Tracking subscribers, for being our eyes on the ground. Keep up the good work! 


Simon · October 16, 2018 at 11:46 am

Hi – please can you specify at approximately what time of the day or night were these cars broken into ? This is quite worrying for some of us, who use the trails from Constantia Nek frequently without issue. There are young children, elderly women, single women – all using these trails assuming them to be safe. If however these car break-ins now indicate that these trails are unsafe and are being targeted by criminals, we need to know about it. Please respond to this comment by email. Thanks

Miriam · October 16, 2018 at 2:52 pm

Hi Simon, We have no idea what time these cars were broken into. We are a hiking community that is, among other things, trying to raise overall safety awareness and inform people about what we hear. Because the reports came in (via our SafetyMountain Tracking service) in the morning, we suspect it was this morning or last night. It is difficult to say. I hope this helps. Kind regards, Miriam Mannak (Hikers Network media officer)

ian little · October 16, 2018 at 7:56 pm

it was between 7-8am, a total of four cars. There was a car guard but its impossible for him to patrol both upper and lower car parks, It is not safe to park on the upper section in the week (at the weekend there are 2 guards).

ian little · October 16, 2018 at 7:57 pm

btw its not secluded in so far as its right by the steps up and on the main drag up. BUT there is significantly less people around than lower car park.

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