New kit and bikes for safety

2015-10-20 06:00
Members of the safety structures with their new kit. 

PHOTO: 
City of Cape Town

Members of the safety structures with their new kit. PHOTO: City of Cape Town

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A group of 92 neighbourhood watch members from Rocklands, Portlands and Westridge will now be a bit better equipped to fight crime.

The City of Cape Town’s Safety and Security Directorate, together with Subcouncil 12, handed over bicycles and safety equipment to members of the neighbourhood watch in Ward 81 on Tuesday 13 October.

The donation of equipment was made possible by funding procured from the subcouncil ward allocation totalling R30 000, with logistical and training assistance provided by the Safety and Security Directorate.

The City handed over 16 bicycles, 52 high-visibility safety jackets, flashlights and other safety equipment during a ceremony at the Portlands Civic Centre, officiated by Ward Councillor, Daniel Christians.

Since the introduction of the Neighbourhood Watch Support Programme in 2008, the City has trained thousands of neighbourhood watch members, in consultation with the Western Cape Government Department of Community Safety.

The training covered legislation, the ‘broken windows’ crime reduction concept, basic patrolling, and reporting faults and other service delivery issues to the City. Neighbourhood watch organisations receive equipment donations once they have completed the training programme.

The 92 members of the Ward 81 neighbourhood watch successfully completed their training in July this year, whereafter they were deployed in eight different sectors in the three suburbs.

“This is an excellent example of cooperation between the Directorate, the Subcouncil and the community to achieve a common goal. With this donation of equipment, the members will not only be able to increase their response times, but will also be more visible thanks to the bicycle patrols. “It is about creating an enabling environment where the community can make a meaningful contribution to their own safety,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, JP Smith.

Further collaboration is envisaged between the Subcouncil and the Safety and Security Directorate to enhance safety in the ward even further.

“The thinking is to identify a house in each of the eight patrol sectors in the three suburbs where residents can go for help if they feel threatened or would like to lay a complaint or seek advice.

“Each house will have a telephone installed to contact the appropriate service that is required and members of the neighbourhood watch will be on hand to assist,” said Christians.

The Subcouncil plans to replicate this initiative in other wards, subject to available funding.

In the interim, the four ward councillors in Subcouncil 12 will each donate R12 500 from their ward allocations to invest in a repeater that will accommodate radio signals from all neighbourhood watches in Mitchell’s Plain

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