Neighbourhood watch launches new gate sign visibility campaign

2014-07-23 00:00

NEW Germany Neighbourhood Watch is leading the charge against crime with a new visibility campaign — aimed at broadening its network and warding off potential thieves.

Neighbourhood watch spokesperson Gareth Stansell said its “gate sign” visibility campaign yesterday coincided with a launch of an emergency hotline.

“The more residents we can have on our network, the more information we can get and the faster we can respond and assist.

“Hopefully, the gate signs will act as a deterrent to crime as well. The hotline will see alerts come through to the patrollers as quickly as possible and as accurately as possible,” he said.

“We have over 5 000 residents added to street alert groups, it’s now time to shift up a gear and try and get as many residents as possible added.”

The community watch team has chalked up hundreds of arrests and is looking to ramp up the fight against crime in its suburb.

“Within the neighbourhood watch, we have 30 active patrollers who are all linked to each other via two-way radios. They are all volunteers who give up their time and risk their personal safety without asking for anything in return.

“They have had 127 arrests since March 2011, that’s not counting suspects who have been apprehended and no case opened by the complainant. We also have 38 reporters who assist with the passing along of alerts, 100 street captains and 126 alert groups — all done and managed by volunteers,” Stansell said.

The gate signs will cost R50 each and display the home street number on them.

• The New Germany Neighbourhood Watch hotline number is 0 083 394 8126.

• jeff.wicks@witness.co.za

0820738565

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