Railway security to be beefed up

2016-03-29 06:00
 Photo: supplied Mornay van Zyl will erect security cameras along the rail reserve.

Photo: supplied Mornay van Zyl will erect security cameras along the rail reserve.

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THE railway reserve that runs through Hillcrest is regularly used by cyclists and walkers with their dogs. It is a beautiful open space in the centre of a busy ‘city’ and needs to be preserved and cared for.

The problem is it is also an area that is often abused by dumpers, resulting in an unpleasant, unhealthy and unsightly environment.

However, store owner Mornay van Zyl, from a security shop in the area, has taken the initiative to erect security cameras at his own expense to monitor a section of the rail reserve behind the Hillcrest Shopping Centre.

Keep Hillcrest Beautiful chairperson Marge Mitchell welcomed this initiative and urged residents to not litter or dump on the railway line.

“We ask that all who live, work and visit Hillcrest refrain from using the rail reserve as a private dump site. Can we all ensure that the rail reserve be turned into an asset to Hillcrest – for residents and visitors and commercial enterprises. All benefit from a litter-free, healthy and beautiful environment,” she said.

Dolly Mias, a resident who regularly walks her dogs along the railway reserve, said she welcomes the cameras as she will feel safer while walking during the early hours of the morning.

“Sometimes I get nervous when I see the dumping along the rail, as I never know if criminals are hiding with the trash.

“Now that the area will be monitored I will definitely feel safer,” she said.

“It is due to business owners such as Mornay van Zyl that our community will be a better one in which to live,” added Mias.

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