Ocean View residentsmeet to addresss crime

2015-05-26 06:00

Ocean View residents are being invited to a public meeting to tackle crime in their community.

The meeting on Thursday comes after a recent visit by provincial minister of community safety Dan Plato and residents’ suggestion to establish neighbourhood watches in the area.

The community, and many others in the surrounding valley, are experiencing a “worsening security situation”, says Kathy Cronje, Ocean View Community Police Forum (CPF) chairperson.

“Every community can testify to a whole range of crimes being committed against property and people, and all of us have experienced the general inability to get the police force to respond timeously and effectively,” she says.

“While we understand that the entire police force is understaffed, underpaid and overworked, and we recognise that, in the circumstances, it must be very demoralising for good officers to do their work, we are absolutely shocked at the incompetence, disinterest and general unprofessionalism shown in so many instances and incidents that have come to our attention.”

The CPF has raised its concern about this with the relevant authorities on numerous occasions, yet they remain “either unwilling or unable to address even the most mundane of problems”, Cronje says.

“However, the CPF remains committed to assisting our community in tackling some of these problems, many of which were highlighted to Plato a couple of weeks ago,” she says.

At this meeting, residents also expressed interest in a neighbourhood watch.

“We would like to invite the people of Ocean View to express their concerns to the CPF at an open public meeting, and to look at moving forward with the new neighbourhood watch and any other recommendations from the community. Similar meetings will be held in Masiphumelele and Kommetjie,” she says.


The first meeting will be held in the Ocean View civic centre on Thursday at 18:00

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