CFP helps to ‘bring crime numbers down’

2017-08-30 06:00

THE community police forum (CPF) is going all out in its fight against crime in Town Hill, Wembley, Montrose and Clarendon, among other areas.

Working with Town Hill Police Station, CPF chairperson Edmund Szudrawski said since they formed the CPF crime has reduced compared to the past three years.

Szudrawski told Maritzburg Fever that in the past there were major problems with house break-ins and house robberies.

“We are the link between the police and the community. We try to create a way of communicating the concerns of the community to the police, and vice versa.

“We identify crimes that are prominent and want police to focus on those crimes,” he said.

He said although there is robbery and theft in Town Hill, they are not the most prominent crimes there yet.

“We have reduced house-breaking crimes substantially and they are not as bad as they were before. We know we cannot put a stop to crime completely, but we are trying to bring the numbers down as much as we can.”

Szudrawski said they believe those who commit crime in Town Hill come from outside the area.

He said as a CPF they also have neighbourhood watches that play a big part in fighting crime.

“We encourage people to participate in these neighbourhood watches because they help. Residents must be careful and be on the alert about what is happening in their neighbourhood.

“We tell them not to put boxes of new items [they have bought] like television boxes outside because criminals see they have bought something new and want to come in and steal it.”

“There hasn’t been much armed robbery, maybe two or three where people are robbed at gunpoint. People should have an alarm system [installed] and secure their homes and they mustn’t let people see what is inside their house, use curtains.”

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