Taking back Scottsville streets

2016-11-09 06:01
PHOTO: nicole john  Residents, business owners, ward councillors and members from the Alexandra Police Station in Scottsville took to the streets last Thursday to raise awareness about crime in the area.

PHOTO: nicole john Residents, business owners, ward councillors and members from the Alexandra Police Station in Scottsville took to the streets last Thursday to raise awareness about crime in the area.

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CONCERNED residents, business owners, ward councillors and members from the Alexandra Police Station in Scottsville took to the streets last Thursday to raise awareness against crime in the area.

The motorcade, which included about 30 cars, made its way from Alexandra Police Station through the streets of Scottsville, Pelham, Hayfields, Bisley and Oribi with load hailers, sirens and flashing blue lights getting the attention of pedestrians, drivers and homeowners.

The initiative, led by Alexandra Police Station commander, Colonel Phillip Mlambo and chairman of the newly formed Scottsville crime group, Deon Marillier, was a great success.

“Today is a big day. We are taking back our streets and fighting against crime. We will continue to work together to fight crime, not only today but every day. Property crimes are the highest in the area followed by contact crimes.

“This initiative is aimed at reviving the community and to let them know that we are here to help them fight crime. Addressing crime is not only a police problem, residents need to work with us,” said Mlambo.

Long-serving ward councillor, Vic Winterbach, said he was excited about the initiative taken by the residents to fight crime.

“It is high time that something like this takes place. It’s good to see the civic community spirit. It’s important for the community to be actively involved in fighting crime and join their local community police forum (CPF) to address the increasing crime in the area.

“Over the years there has been nothing like this initiative, so I hope it makes the desired impact,” said Winterbach.

Chairman of the Alexandra SAPS CPF, Milton Ncolosi, urged residents to join the forum and make their voices heard.

“We know about the increasing crime in the area, sometimes we even know who the criminals are. We [the community] need to make sure that we are the eyes and ears of the community and work with the police to fight crime.”

Marillier said that this initiative would not be the first of its kind in the area.

“This is our first attempt but we will be back in December. We, as the residents in the areas, have been lazy. We cannot sit back and not do anything about crime, we need to stand up and take back our streets,” he said.

The motorcade lasted just over an hour with many passers-by hooting and acknowledging the initiative.

It is high time that something like this takes place. It’s good to see the civic community spirit. It’s important for the community to be actively involved in fighting crime and join their local community police forum (CPF) to address the increasing crime in the area. Over the years there has been nothing like this initiative, so I hope it makes the desired impact

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