Watches know what they’re about

2015-11-10 06:00
Colonel Ntombesizwe Mbalane and Peter Damon from BH Security, who accepted an award on behalf of Tarik Munnik of ADT Security.

Colonel Ntombesizwe Mbalane and Peter Damon from BH Security, who accepted an award on behalf of Tarik Munnik of ADT Security.

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To strengthen and help the areas in the Wynberg policing cluster is the main objective of the Constantia Valley Neighbourhood Watches Association.

This was announced at an annual meeting of the watches.

While contributors to the watches have doubled over the last two years, the Association continues to urge residents to join the watches and to become active members in their communities.

The Association has seen a 6% increase in watch membership, which now stands at about 1371 members.

Mike Voortman, chairperson of the Association, said at the meeting its focus for next year would also be intelligence-based, continued crime prevention and planning for change, while putting emphasis on efficient resource deployment and operation capacity.

“We will also deploy one or two new camera points to ensure we can monitor more areas in the community. We will also be doing maintenance work on the cameras and going into a fibre phase-over,” he said.

Voortman also thanked all the various roleplayers in the community – from the police to neighbourhood watch members who volunteered their time to keep the community safe.

“We all know that the police are underresourced and therefore it is vital that we support them in their duty. We are grateful for the work they do and look forward to continuing this partnership, not only with them but our security providers as well,” he says.

During the meeting, awards were handed out by Colonel Ntombesiwze Mbalani, head of detectives at Wynberg police station, to individuals for outstanding work and dedication to the community.

Awards were also given to two security providers’ armed response officers who have excelled and gone out of their way to help community members.

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