Help yourself and neighbours

2015-08-11 06:01

As a deterrent to crime the Sullivan and Surrounds Neighbourhood Watch is calling on residents to establish their own street committees.

Theodore Thomas, secretary of the Neighbourhood Watch, says by establishing street committees residents can play a role in crime prevention.

“We are not saying that by forming a street committee you need to be an active patroller, but to simply be the eyes and ears of the Neighbourhood Watch and police,” he says.

Residents who live in Sullivan Street, Strauss Avenue and Cradock, from the corner of Sonata down to Joe Marks Boulevard towards Bothma Street, are urged to establish their own street committees.

Thomas says by establishing these committees residents get to know one another and look out for each other.

“It is a way for people to socialise and build a relationship with their neighbours. And if something is to happen in the area they would be able to communicate with one another on a more personal level,” he says.

Thomas says through the street committees they hope to create a safer, more friendly environment.

“Residents need to take responsibility for their community and street and show interest in the area they reside if they want to see change. The police and the neighbourhood watches cannot do this alone. We as a collective must take a stand against crime, drugs and gangsterism,” he says.

The function of the street committees will be to watch over their own and their neighbours’ properties, to report suspicious behaviour and to provide information to police.

“If a resident knows that their neighbours are going away for a couple of days they can watch over their property, put out the dirt bin for them, switch on and off the lights if necessary or simply pick up a newspaper dropped in the driveway. All of these actions help to prevent crime and help to stop opportunistic criminals from attempting break-ins,” he says.

Thomas says residents can be assured that they will have the full support of the Neighbourhood Watch as well as the police.

“We want to create an environment which we can all enjoy and call on all interested residents to make contact with the Neighbourhood Watch if they are willing to take this stand – make a difference,” he says.

If you would like to form a street committee call Thomas on 078 052 4751.

As a deterrent to crime the Sullivan and Surrounds Neighbourhood Watch is calling on residents to establish their own street committees.

Theodore Thomas, secretary of the Neighbourhood Watch, says by establishing street committees residents can play a role in crime prevention.

“We are not saying that by forming a street committee you need to be an active patroller, but to simply be the eyes and ears of the Neighbourhood Watch and police,” he says.

Residents who live in Sullivan Street, Strauss Avenue and Cradock, from the corner of Sonata down to Joe Marks Boulevard towards Bothma Street, are urged to establish their own street committees.

Thomas says by establishing these committees residents get to know one another and look out for each other.

“It is a way for people to socialise and build a relationship with their neighbours. And if something is to happen in the area they would be able to communicate with one another on a more personal level,” he says.

Thomas says through the street committees they hope to create a safer, more friendly environment.

“Residents need to take responsibility for their community and street and show interest in the area they reside if they want to see change. The police and the neighbourhood watches cannot do this alone. We as a collective must take a stand against crime, drugs and gangsterism,” he says.

The function of the street committees will be to watch over their own and their neighbours’ properties, to report suspicious behaviour and to provide information to police.

“If a resident knows that their neighbours are going away for a couple of days they can watch over their property, put out the dirt bin for them, switch on and off the lights if necessary or simply pick up a newspaper dropped in the driveway. All of these actions help to prevent crime and help to stop opportunistic criminals from attempting break-ins,” he says.

Thomas says residents can be assured that they will have the full support of the Neighbourhood Watch as well as the police.

“We want to create an environment which we can all enjoy and call on all interested residents to make contact with the Neighbourhood Watch if they are willing to take this stand – make a difference,” he says.

If you would like to form a street committee call Thomas on 078 052 4751

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