Bike patrols active

2016-02-02 06:00
Kenwyn Neighbourhood Watch bike patrollers Paul Edworthy and Rassie van Rooyen stand with Kenwyn Ratepayers Association chairperson Noel Crowie and sector 2 manager Sergeant Esli Lucas form Lansdowne police station. The bike patrollers will be stationed at the Brockhurst Road Park to ensure visibility in the area in an attempt to curb crime in the area.  PHOTOS: Chevon Booysen

Kenwyn Neighbourhood Watch bike patrollers Paul Edworthy and Rassie van Rooyen stand with Kenwyn Ratepayers Association chairperson Noel Crowie and sector 2 manager Sergeant Esli Lucas form Lansdowne police station. The bike patrollers will be stationed at the Brockhurst Road Park to ensure visibility in the area in an attempt to curb crime in the area. PHOTOS: Chevon Booysen

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A base station for Kenwyn Neighbourhood Watch has been established in the Lansdowne area.

The ablution facility at the Brockhurst Road park in Kenwyn has been transformed to accommodate the watch members.

The toilet facility was originally designed for the park, but Noel Crowie, chairperson of the Kenwyn Ratepayers’ Association, says the facility “was not being used by a lot of people and there was a demand for this facility to be used as a base for the neighbourhood watch and bike patrollers”.

Two bike patrollers are being stationed at this base station on the Brockhurst Road park to ensure visibility, says Crowie.

The park does still have ablution facilities, but a section of the building has been transformed to house the patrollers during patrol shifts.

“Residents are currently paying a fee of R50 per month to have these patrollers active and visible. They will look after our area, which stretches from Wetton Bridge to Racecourse Road and Chukker Road to Range Road,” Crowie says.

He believes the introduction of bike patrollers and the night shift of the neighbourhood watch have made an impact on crime in the area.

“Since the bike patrollers have been visible in the area, we do not have as many incidents as it used to be before they were around. It’s because they are visible and active that one could see the impact it has on crime trends in the area,” Crowie says.

Crowie adds residents are able to call the patrollers and interact with them, giving information.

“The patrollers are also very aware and alert to the wheelie bin scratchers and vagrants sleeping in the park. These are instances or incidents that the police are not always able to get to, so the patrollers tend to these issues,” he says.

One of the patrollers, Rassie van Rooyen, says they also focus a lot on the parks at the moment. 

“About two years ago we had an incident in Range Road where a newborn baby was found in the park. The infant had been strangled to death and ever since then we have been very alert and careful so we do not have repeats of such incidents,” Van Rooyen says.
He confirms that although there are only two patrollers on duty during the day, they do get the support of police and the night shift staff of the neighbourhood watch.
Van Rooyen says there is a system whereby residents who contribute their monthly fees to the neighbourhood watch are given their contact numbers and they are able to relay information telephonically.
Sergeant Esli Lucas, police sector 2 manager for the Lansdowne area, says he is happy with the Kenwyn Neighbourhood Watch for performing such a sterling job.
“We have a very good communication channel with the neighbourhood watch and they are always willing to assist us in combatting crime.
“Crime in the area has been kept to a minimum and we can say that it was achieved through the partnership we have with the neighbourhood watch. They really are helping us a lot,” Lucas says.

If you live in the Kenwyn sector 2 area and would like to sign up for membership on the neighbourhood watch contact Van Rooyen on 076 325 8799 or Paul Edworthy on 072 835 0160.



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