Fighting crime a lonesome job

2017-04-04 06:02

A local community safety forum is urging residents to do their part by attending meetings about safety in their area.

Members of the Riversdale Block Watch say after a disappointing turnout at their last meeting on Saturday 25 March, they are concerned that residents are not taking an interest in their area.

Salie Barns, chairperson of the watch, says they know that most residents don’t want to offer their time to patrol, but the meetings are held to allow community members to help them by indicating their concerns and safety issues.

Some of the issues discussed at the meeting included drug houses, school transport and high water accounts.

The meeting also included feedback and education on some of the crime hotspots.

Abdoraouf Ismail of the watch says another matter of concern is residents’ reluctance to report crimes to police.

“No matter how big or small the break-in is, residents must report it to the police,” he says.

Police use this data to indicate crime hotspots. Failure to report these crimes results in the police not flagging the area and therefore not sending patrol vans for visibility, says Ismail.

He adds that houses are being broken into more than once.

Water meter theft was also on the agenda.

The next meeting will be held closer to the end of April.

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