Street committees work in uniform way

2015-08-11 06:00
Representatives of the 21 street committees with executives of the subforum held a meeting on Wednesday last week where marked t-shirts were handed out.

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Representatives of the 21 street committees with executives of the subforum held a meeting on Wednesday last week where marked t-shirts were handed out. PHOTO: samantha lee

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Beacon Valley street committees will now take to the street in a uniformed way with the introduction of marked t-shirts.

The subforum handed out white, embroidered t-shirts to their members. Membership numbers are steadily growing, say officials.

The subforum hosted its first meeting at the Shekinah Full Gospel Church on Wednesday last week. Most of the existing street committees were present.

The sector has 21 active street committees, says subforum chairperson Lorna Hermanus.

“The group is very active on patrols and are doing more than just safety and security. The street committees are also busy with fundraisers and upliftment projects,” she says. Since their inception, crime in the area has decreased significantly, she says.

Secretary Thomas Porthen agrees.

“We are the eyes and ears of the police and can alert them to incidents. Because of how active the committees are crime has decreased. We are also able to have shifts from 08:00 to 20:00 every day,” he says.

250 residents are registered as street committee members. Hermanus hopes to double this number by their next meeting.

Sector commander Sergeant Elroy Johnson said at the meeting he would like to see more members join him on patrol as part of the neighbourhood watch.

“I want to give you all the experience of working outside of your area,” he said.

Neighbourhood watches in the area combine regularly for mass patrols

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