Watches needs you to get active

2015-09-01 06:00

A local neighbourhood watch in Wynberg aims to continue its fight against crime and grime in the community.

However, the watch members believe this can only be achieved with the support of residents. They are now urging more people to join the watch.

This was revealed at the annual meeting of the Wynberg Residents and Ratepayers’ Association last week in which the watch members had the opportunity to voice their concerns and urge residents to join.

Eugene Dreyer, co-chairperson of the neighbourhood watch, addressed residents at the meeting.

“We have seen a lot of change in our community, in the way we communicate, where crime and grime is concerned and the role the neighbourhood watch plays in the community,” he said.

Dreyer said residents needed to be realistic about crime in their area and they too must take ownership of their property.

“This is about taking ownership of our community,” he said.

Dreyer said since the establishment of the watch they have seen a major decrease in crime in the community.

The neighbourhood watch regularly patrols and hands out flyers with vital information about safety and security and urging residents to join.

“We not only need people to join the watch to patrol as there are other ways people can assist the watch,” he said.

“We are slowly growing in numbers, but we need active members to patrol with us, to work alongside police and the community police forum. All these safety structures can work together to ensure a safer community,” he said.

Dreyer further said there was a 90% reduction in crime in Constantia and while they had the same police station policing their area, the community had taken ownership of their area.

“We would like to see the same happen here and this can only happen if people are informed and when people want to see change,” he said.

Meanwhile, Kristina Davids, chairperson of the Association says they are focusing more on heritage land use, safety and traffic, finance and communicating with various organisations, including the City council.

“We have a member on the community police forum and have also applied for a seat on the ward 62 committee. This ensures that we can tackle council issues along with crime and grime issues,” she says.

Davids further focuses on building a system for residents to report crime, off-route taxis and municipal issues and provide comments on development applications

“We have, however, seen a great improvement with off-route taxis but it still remains an ongoing issue. Communicating with the taxi associations has helped,” she says.

She says the Association is always finding ways to encourage residents to join it.

“We print flyers to provide them with information on what we do and how they can join the Association. We are also very active on our Facebook page and website.”

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