Residents, take back Kloof

2017-04-04 06:02
          PHOTO: kalisha naickerKloof resident Nikki Mohlmann (left) and CPF chairperson Corné Broodryk encourage the community to support the Kloof CPF and patrollers.

PHOTO: kalisha naickerKloof resident Nikki Mohlmann (left) and CPF chairperson Corné Broodryk encourage the community to support the Kloof CPF and patrollers.

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FOLLOWING an increase in crime, a group of concerned residents took to the streets of Kloof to take on the criminals and win back their neighbourhood.

According to Corné Broodryk, Kloof CPF chairperson, patrols started in April 2013 after a murder in Kloof.

“We took to the streets with 10 residents and patrolled for approximately three hours. What we saw and experienced that night set the vision for the next three years.”

He said that after meetings with the police commissioner, which culminated in a meeting with the then KZN Premier at Hillcrest CityHill Church, it became obvious that help was not forthcoming as resources were strapped. “We made a decision to become the resource within the Kloof community in the form of eyes and ears.

We were determined to make sure crime was reduced within the precinct and [avoid another] murder from taking place, hence the formation of the Kloof Street patrollers,” said Broodryk.

There are 54 patrollers, who

patrol a minimum of two hours every week. The members have bought radios to enable them to communicate with each other while on patrol, most have acquired white lights on their vehicles, and all this is done at their own cost, and they carry the expense of petrol while patrolling.

However, to raise funds to assist their cause, patrollers and Kloof CPF, RunTech and Proactive Projects will be hosting a fund-raising night run-walk on 5 May at Kloof Primary School.

“With the increase in hijacking, house and business robberies, the need to engage in technology to add another layer of security is necessary. Our aim is to install automatic licence plate recognition ANPR cameras at our busy intersections.

“This will aid us in two ways - firstly, when a suspicious vehicle is flagged, an alert is sent to participating role players, including the SAPS that the vehicle has entered our precinct.

“Second, is establishing information fast, example colour, make of vehicle, registration used and most importantly, in which direction the vehicle has fled. This will give us a upper hand.

“This will help us to deploy our limited resources where they are most needed,” he said.

Broodryk reiterated that technology is expensive.

“We need donations. Register for the run on www.roag.co.za and join us with the whole family. We will have live demonstrations of these cameras on display at the event.

“It is important to note we are a voluntary­ organisation. We are always looking for exciting, new ways to engage our community. In addition, if anyone has two hours to spare a week they need to join our team of patrollers. We are always looking for volunteers.” Contact Broodryk on 083 659 4995 or email patrols@kloofcpf.co.za for more information.

To be a sponsor for the Nite Run-Walk email info@kloofcpf.co.za

 

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