CPF calls on parents

2015-11-24 06:00
Members of a local neighbourhood watch out on patrol in Lavender Hill. Residents are urged to join the local street committees and neighbourhood watches in the area, especially in preparation for the festive season.

Members of a local neighbourhood watch out on patrol in Lavender Hill. Residents are urged to join the local street committees and neighbourhood watches in the area, especially in preparation for the festive season.

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In an effort to build better relations with residents of Steenberg the community police forum (CPF) has a number of programmes in place.

CPF chairperson Lucinda Evans says they have various plans for the festive season.

“We urge neighbourhood watches to do extra patrols in the areas, and for teams to be on standby. We will also be here to support metro police as well as law enforcement throughout the festive season,” she says.

Evans adds that they also urge parents to be more responsible during the festive season and to ensure they know where their children are and who they are socialising with.

“It is important, especially during this time, for parents to take responsibility as there are many who are negligent during this time of the year and this could lead to serious consequences for them,” she says.

Evans further says that at the moment residents are in “crisis mode” and therefore there has been an increase in attendance at community meetings.

“Due to crime in the community, especially when there is an increase, people attend the meetings to raise their concerns, but we do encourage them to attend the meetings even when the crime levels are low,” she says.

One of the things the CPF wants to kick off with is the courts and street committees and neighbourhood watches where residents can raise their concerns and also come together to find solutions for the issues in the community.

“We want to tackle the issues of properties where there is antisocial behaviour and to alert authorities,” she says.

The CPF will host their “Keep the police officers safe” campaign at Horsley Court in Steenberg on Friday.

“We will play games and play sports with the children. The community is invited and they can report any crime. Police and CPF will be there,” she says.

Evans is calling on religious leaders for support in the greater Lavender Hill community. “The spate of shootings is out of hand and today as a leader I am requesting help,” she says.

The CPF will meet on the sports field in Blode Street, Lavender Hill in front of Hillwood Primary School on Thursday from 06:45 to 07:45 to form a prayer chain from Hillwood to Prince George.

“We are praying for protection and covering for our children, teachers and also the community,” Evans says.

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