Crime prevention through awareness

2015-11-04 06:00
A self-defence demonstration teaching those present how to defend themselves when confronted by an attacker.  Photo: darshan rangai

A self-defence demonstration teaching those present how to defend themselves when confronted by an attacker. Photo: darshan rangai

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THE Community Policing Forum (CPF) Coastal Sector held a crime awareness day at Casaurina Beach with various organisations giving demonstrations on what to do in an emergency situation at the weekend.

The public were also informed about the purposes of each organisation and what services they offer to the community in terms of safety, security and healthcare.

CPF Coastal Sector chairman Nazir Sadack said they wanted the public to be aware of what they should do if they are ever faced with a problem or crisis so they can get help fast instead of contacting the wrong services while making them aware of what they can do to aid someone in a crisis.

There were several safety demonstrations which were made as interactive as possible.

These demonstrations included lifeguards showing what to do if a person is drowning, what not to do in water, drug awareness through a play, a head on collision and how the people in these vehicles can be helped, road safety and a self-defence demonstration so people could learn basic techniques to defend themselves.

“We found that people don’t want to come and sit and listen at a meeting or programme and they find these things boring so we wanted to have something on a very interactive basis such as the self-defence demonstration where they called various members of the public to be apart of it,” said Sadack.

There were also several organisations that explained the services they offer to children and women and the post trauma assistance that is available to the community.

Another focus of the awareness day was for the community to meet and interact with some of these role-players so they can get to know the people who are trying to make a positive difference in their lives.

Sadack said this year’s event was a success and since it’s important for the public to be aware of these services and what to do in an emergency, next year the programme will be held in the Tongaat CBD with even more to offer the public.

“We are grateful to everyone who came out to show support to our community and make a difference in their lives,” said Sadack.

Some of the organisations included SA Can, SAPS Trauma Centre, Tongaat Child and Family Welfare, Tongaat Anti-Drug Forum, Cert, IPSS, Rusa, Netcare911, Metro Police, Chubb and Omega Security and pupils from Seatides Secondary School.

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