New watch on patrol to stop crime

2015-05-05 07:18

An interim neighbourhood watch committee has been established in the Southern Hills community in Lavender Hill following soaring crime in the area.

The group is already 40 members strong in its first month.

Southern Eye interim chairperson Lucinda Evans says after being a victim of crime she took it upon herself to walk door to door in her community and gauge the interest for a safety and security structure in the area.

“It wasn’t even surprising to hear from so many residents that they were plagued by crime themselves. They told me they have been trying to speak to our ward councillor but she has not been of any assistance,” Evans says.

After getting positive feedback from the community she says a decision was made by residents to patrol their neighbourhood together.

“We have decided to take responsibility for our area. Common crimes in the area are break-ins, burglaries and robberies. We want this to stop and this is why the Southern Eye was established,” Evans explains.

She adds residents are also concerned about an open field in the area where robberies often occur.

“The biggest threat at the moment is the field between Dennis Road and Southern Hills Drive.

“People are often robbed of their belongings on this field early in the morning when they’re on their way to work and at night when they come from work,” she says.

However, Evans says since the Southern Eye has taken up the task of frequent footpatrols, no burglary incidents have occurred.

“We also only heard of four robbery incidents which happened on the open field. People were robbed of their cellphones, rings, money and bicycles,” she adds.

Evans says an official annual meeting will take place once the organisation has received the necessary training from the department of community safety.

“We have filled in our forms to get vetted and once this is done we will receive training and become a permanent and official structure,” she says.

She adds the neighbourhood watch aims to put a CCTV camera up in the area in the next five years.

“We definitely need everything to make our community safer and a camera will help with this. The life versus property rate lately is sinking to the red,” she says.

In the meantime, Evans says although they have been receiving “wonderful support” from the Steenberg police, they need more help.

“We need equipment for the neighbourhood watch such as radios, torches, bibs and even Vukas,” Evans says.


If you would like to donate to the Southern Eye neighbourhood watch contact Lucinda Evans on 073 424 4665

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