Gap for locals in crime-fighting

2017-06-06 06:01
Robbie RobbertsPHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Robbie RobbertsPHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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Five neighbourhood watch members may see themselves working with the City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement to tackle crime in Maitland.

Robbie Robberts, director of Law Enforcement, says his department has an opportunity for unemployed neighbourhood watch members to join them for a month with the chance to get a stipend to help clean problematic Maitland of criminal elements.

He says they cannot win the battle on their own: They need information from locals.

Robberts says they are aware that the route between Brooklyn and Maitland is the most problematic area in Maitland. With a joint effort by community members, police and Law Enforcement that could be changed. He says his department would consider working with the Maitland police to ensure safety in Maitland.

Maitland residents are reportedly facing challenges of prostitution, drugs and substance abuse, leading to a rise in other crimes, such as house burglaries, robberies, car break-ins and car theft.

He emphasises the importance of keeping an eye on unoccupied buildings in the area, saying they tend to be used as crime hotspots and tik houses.

Resident Faldie Isaacs says: “For a long time we have been reporting a lot of prostitution, but nothing has been done. Maitland has been taken over by drugs, prostitution and crime. We need serious interventions.”

Graham Daniel, deputy chairperson of a local neighbourhood watch, says they have accepted the proposal of having five unemployed members join Law Enforcement as there are many issues that need to be addressed in the area which the police have failed to address.

He says: “We would like to encourage the people of Maitland to join Law Enforcement and the police reservists as that would greatly benefit the community. We have communicated the message and hope people will positively respond to the opportunity.”

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