Westriding takes back their streets

2015-05-05 07:32
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AFTER a series of housebreak-ins in the area, residents of Westriding decided that it was time to take matters into their own hands and formed the Westriding Community Policing (WCP) Neighbourhood Watch.

Three years later the group is still as efficient as ever with residents who are concerned about the crime coming together to take pro-active measures to prevent it.

Speaking to the Fever, Ursula More of the WCP said the primary function of this watch is to reduce the crime in the area by getting residents to be more alert of their surroundings and reporting suspicious people, vehicles, etc., by calling the operations phone number.

She said there was a definite need for a neighbourhood watch after the violent house break-ins in the Westriding area in 2012.

“The WCP covers the entire Westriding area - from Old Main Road to Inanda Road and from Galloway Road to Marion Road. WCP works together with security companies, SAPS and Metro Police in the area and have their full support if needed,” said More.

“There are also patrols during the day and night by residents who volunteer their time and resources. At present we have two residents who carry the OPS phone in 12 hour shifts so residents are able to contact the WCP OPS phone 24 hours a day.”

She said the forum has been successful since inception and members have made a number of arrests for theft and house break-ins, as well as recovering stolen property.

To be a part of the WCP residents do not have to patrol, all they have to do is be more observant of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to the OPS immediately.

In order to sustain its projects and raise funds for equipment, the WPC will be hosting the Westriding Community Day on the 30 May from 10.30am till approximately 1pm at the open ground corner of Elizabeth and Ashley Roads.

“We will have a WCP tent where residents are able to join and put their details onto our data-base. We are hoping to have a full day of activities, including K9 unit displays, emergency services displays and there will be face-painting, art competitions for the kiddies, as well as a jumping castle.

“There will be stalls for residents to browse through, as we have encouraged Westriding business owners to advertise their business on the day,” said More.

Her message to the community is: “A neighbourhood watch is only as strong as the residents that join and support it.

“Residents have to take responsibility for their immediate security, set alarms when not home, clear excessive bush/vegetation near their houses and increase lighting around their property. Get to know your neighbours, get them to join the WCP as well and help us take back our streets!”

Residents who would like to join the WCP prior to the Westriding Community Day can send their name and address to 073 309 5553.

If any residents are interested in having a table/stand at the Community Day, they can email WCP at dcm@mitsol.co.za

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