Watch members commit to cause

2015-10-06 06:00
Southern Eye Neighbourhood Watch members are committed to bringing positive change to Lavender Hill. The founder urges more residents to join. 


Southern Eye Neighbourhood Watch members are committed to bringing positive change to Lavender Hill. The founder urges more residents to join. PHOTO: astrid februarie

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A Lavender Hill neighbourhood watch is committed to bringing about positive change to the community.

The Southern Eye Neighbourhood Watch, launched in April, has 27 families registered, bringing total membership to 42.

However, they are always trying to recruit more residents to join their group in an effort to combat crime by being the eyes and ears of the police.

People’s Post previously reported that creating a safe and secure living space is one of the main objectives of the watch (“Eye on the neighbourhood”, 12 May).

The watch has 28 active members who regularly patrol the area. Founder, Lucinda Evans, says the establishment of the watch has already given residents the ability to communicate better and created a sense of family. The watch has received support from residents who are willing to volunteer their time to patrol the streets in the early hours of the morning, afternoons and evenings. “We are committed to the cause and I am grateful to see that so many residents have shown interest and are as committed as I am,” Evans says.

They have also raised their concerns about an open field on Hilary Avenue, which they believe is one of the hotspots for robberies.

They are proposing the field be fenced off to ensure the criminal activity can be eliminated. “People get robbed there too often as they make their way to work or their way home from work,” Evans says.

The neighbourhood watch is calling on residents to “mobilise and organise their own neighbourhood watches”. Evans encourages people to form their own street committees, but also to join the neighbourhood watch. “We are also in need of reflector bibs and torches which will greatly assist us on our patrols,” she says. For more information call 073 424 4665.

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