Taking back control of the streets

2014-06-05 00:00

A PLAN to take back control of Helen Joseph (formerly Davenport) Road and render it crime-free will be laid out at a meeting on Monday.

The Bulwer Community Safety Forum has convened a meeting at 10.30 am on Monday at the Fish Deli on the corner of Helen Joseph and Esther Roberts (formerly Frere) roads opposite the landmark Jackie Horner pub.

“We will come together for a meeting with SAPS, Metro police and Safer Cities to map a way forward,” said Bulwer Community Safety Forum chairperson Heather Rorick. “We have also teamed up with Mzansi Security in the fight against crime,” said Rorick. “On Monday they will be laying out their proposal to take back our road and fight back against the crime.”

According to Shiraz Bhoola, marketing executive of Mzansi Fire and Security based in Umbilo Road, the aim is to “secure the whole of Davenport Road”.

“We will have a dedicated vehicle responding to businesses and residences on Davenport Road,” Bhoola said. “We will be replacing car guards with our qualified guards — this will aid in ending crime, pollution and prostitution.”

Rorick said that the forum had received “lots of complaints from businesses in the area and people using those businesses regarding crime”.

There had also been a rise in petty crime, thought to be the result of whoonga addicts moving into the area following their removal from other areas, particularly from under a bridge at the M4 entrance to the city. “Whoonga addicts are being chased into the area,” said Rorick. “We are working with Safer Cities Project to help them but we have seen a rise in petty crime — cellphone snatching, bag snatching, stealing washing from lines and theft from motor vehicles.” — WR.

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