Malabar’s neighbourhood watch keeps criminals at bay

2016-04-27 06:00
;Gelvandale SAPS station commander Brigadier Ntsabo with Malabar Patrol member, Naeem Desai. Photo: SUPPLIED

;Gelvandale SAPS station commander Brigadier Ntsabo with Malabar Patrol member, Naeem Desai. Photo: SUPPLIED

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WITHIN the last four years, Malabar Patrols, which first formed when three community members noticed an alarming increase of crime in the suburb, has grown in popularity.

Mohamad Shaikh, one of the first members of Malabar Patrols, said they started in 2012 with only three members but have grown to 20 members.

Malabar Patrols is a community-based, non-profit initiative which operates in the suburb. Their full-time security officer, together with their volunteer community members, patrol the area in search of any type of criminal activity.

“We started patrolling the streets at night with the intention of becoming visible enough to those who wished to perpetrate any form of criminal activity. This proved to be an excellent deterrent in keeping the community of Malabar safe from the hands of opportunistic criminals,” Shaikh said.

“We do our best to keep the community safe. We deal with all kinds of situations from house robberies, gang-related issues to copper pipe theft.

“We are proud to have a working partnership with the Gelvandale SAPS. We have enjoyed many successes in crime prevention in our sector, reducing crime by an impressive 80%,” he said.

Malabar Patrols recently launched their patrol car at the Gelvandale SAPS. Station Commander Brigadier Ntsabo was highly impressed at the commitment shown.

Two weeks ago, a Malabar Patrols delegation took the patrol car to a CPF meeting at the Gelvandale SAPS.

“We met with the Regional Commissioner General Motiba, who gave us an emphatic thumbs up and commended our initiative and for our commitment to the community of Malabar,” he said.

“Malabar Patrols would like to thank our Almighty for keeping our members safe through the years. We would also like to thank all the residents of Malabar for their continued and committed support and well wishes.

“We extend a special thanks to the Gelvandale SAPS and our volunteer patrollers who sacrifice their warm beds, time and safety to ensure that the suburb of Malabar is not overrun by criminal activity,” Shaikh added.

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