Davenport starts war

2014-07-16 00:00

DAVENPORT businesses are taking back their neighbourhood using “bobbies on the beat” to kick out crime and grime.

This initiative was introduced last night when the first patrols started.

This is one of several proactive crime initiatives in Glenwood. The family suburb has in recent months been hit by a crime wave as well as a massive influx of vagrants while prostitution continues unabated along Che Guevara, Clark and Ester Roberts Roads.

The new patrol guards will be supported by armed response and a 24 hour dog unit and local voluntary community watch organisations.

Two separate voluntary community watch initiatives are already patrolling Glenwood.

The “Davenport Project” guards will patrol nearly the full length of Helen Joseph Road (formerly Davenport Road). The plan was hatched by local civic group the Bulwer Community Safety Forum.

Bulwer chairperson Heather Rorick said they have specifically used a local security company — Mzansi Fire and Security — as part of their Support Local initiative.

“Mzansi has its head office in Umbilo Road, which made them the obvious choice. The majority of businesses on Ester Roberts Road are supporting the initiative,” said Rorick.

She said this Davenport project is expected to help clean up the area.

“This is our community. There is crime everywhere. What makes a place better is by how a community reacts to the crime problem.”

Mzansi sales director Elton James the patrol guards will be active every evening. “The guards will be supported by our own dog unit and armed response. We have come into this project for the long haul, having fully briefed the businesses on the road about what we intend to do,” said James.

Umbilo CPF chairperson Ben Madokwe called on local business for their support. “We should encourage all our business precincts to start similar operations which will help us win the war against crime,” he said.

Madokwe said foot patrols are “more responsive”. “This type of monitoring is a big deterrent to criminals and can lead to quick arrests. It is important that the community gets behind this.”

• jonathan.erasmus@witness.co.za

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