Standing up to crime

2011-02-21 00:00

RESIDENTS of Orient Heights and Allandale in the northern suburbs of Pietermaritzburg have taken a stand against a recent increase in crime in the area.

According to resident and community representative Raj Seeparsad, a number of incidents — particularly hijackings — have been recorded in the wider area over the past six weeks.

It is understood most incidents occurred in the evenings.

He told The Witness the SA Police Force has pledged to introduce visible policing patrols in the area under a sector manager, adding that residents at a well-attended community meeting on January 30 also expressed interest in setting up a neighbourhood watch, as well as participating in the local community policing forum (CPF).

Seeparsad, who was the victim of a hijacking a year ago, added they have been encouraged by the support received by the police thus far.

“The police have been very supportive and were well received at the meeting. Brigadier Francis Bantham of Mountain Rise police station asked for an opportunity to address the issues and improve the image of the police station … and we are now seeing results,” he said.

“They have made themselves much more accessible to the community and we are very encouraged by this stance. The community must continue to do their part by playing an active role in making the suburbs safer and supporting the CPF and other such structures.”

Contact CPF chairperson Pete Jugmohan on 083 940 8372.

The next CPF meeting is expected to be held on March 16 at Mountain Rise police station.

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