Watch plans the year ahead

2015-05-05 06:00

Car guards, beggars, drug dealing, poaching and changes to its constitution were the main topics discussed at a recent Komwatch meeting.

Held at the community hall, several residents, members and patrollers gathered to discuss various issues.

Chairperson Alastair Mackie gave a comparison in crime statistics and said the seaside suburb experienced a spike in crime over certain periods.

He explained that while there had been a drop in burglaries the community was being hit hard by professional criminals.

“They come in vehicles and have often watched properties closely. They know what they want and get in and out quickly,” he said.

Following a donation by a resident, Komwatch was preparing to install licence plate recognition cameras to keep a close eye on vehicles entering and leaving Kommetjie.

Mackie raised an earlier incident where a stolen vehicle was being driven in Kommetjie. The driver attempted to rob and stab a resident in Arum Avenue.

“If we had the camera system we would automatically get the alert as the vehicle enters Kommetjie and we would be able to react immediately.”

One of the main issues the neighbourhood watch plans to tackle in coming months is the increase in loitering and begging. Mackie cautioned members against giving hand-outs to people begging in the area and said this only helped fuel drug addiction.

“When you see the lady sitting with her baby begging, don’t give her money. Anything you give will go towards drug money and many of these people are fed by the feeding schemes. If you are going to give them money, you might as well buy the packet of tik yourself,” he said.

Mackie also raised concerns about drug dealers and poachers and said they operated quite freely and avoided detection.

Komwatch is also undertaking a car guard project in which four men who have been cleared by police will receive bibs indicating they are officials guards.

The bibs would have identity cards which Mackie said would help if there was an incident. The project had also been approved by the community police forum.

Members also approved and discussed various changes to the Komwatch constitution. Mackie explained the organisation was formerly known as the Kommetjie Neighbourhood Watch but as the name Komwatch was already well-known, the constitution needed to be amended.

There were also various amendments which affect meeting quorums, funds and proxy votes.

The new committee was also finalised and Mackie announced he would not stand on the new committee.

He explained after helping for six years, there was a need for some changes and called on members to volunteer their time.

He also appealed to younger members to take up the reigns and assist the rapid response team (RRT).

Members applauded and thanked Mackie for his contribution.


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