Palmridge residents unite to ensure safer community

2017-07-19 06:02
The members of the Palmridge Neighbourhood Watch and the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Police have combined their forces to ensure the community’s safety and security.                                   Photo:SUPPLIED

The members of the Palmridge Neighbourhood Watch and the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Police have combined their forces to ensure the community’s safety and security. Photo:SUPPLIED

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AFTER a number of break-ins occurred last year, the Palmridge Community in Bethelsdorp started their own neighbourhood watch.

“Safety and security, and drug abuse within the Northern Areas have become major issues which influence the residents,” said Andrew Hutton, chairman of the Palmridge Neighbourhood Watch committee.

The community now boasts a 24-hour neighbourhood watch team that goes the extra mile to ensure that the residents are safe and not harmed.

The residents started the organisation with no equipment, including patrolling vests, jackets and torches, and they have been trying to raise funds to support the initiative.

They started noticing the lack of available resources while they were establishing partnerships with the local police, Community Police Forum (CPF) and Abdul-Rafiu Olatunji, MD of the African Renaissance.

“The help of the community and the individuals availing themselves to patrol the neighbourhood has resulted in a significant drop in criminal activities,” Hutton said.

“Palmridge would hereby like to thank Metro Police Chief Yolanda Faro and her team, the CPF and SAPS for the support and advice given to pursue the goals the Palmridge Neighbourhood Watch and broader Bethelsdorp community has set out to fight crime and drug abuse.”

The Palmridge Neighbourhood Association represents all the residents of Palmridge, homeowners and renters alike.

Palmridge affirmed their intent to build active consensus, broaden participation, act collectively, capitalise on opportunities and manage problems.

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