‘Help find solutions’

2016-12-13 06:01
The Factreton South Neighbourhood Watch celebrate their award for Neighbourhood Watch of the Year at the annual neighbourhood watch appreciation event hosted by the Kensington Community Policing Forum at Kensington High School last week. PHOTO: gary van dyk

The Factreton South Neighbourhood Watch celebrate their award for Neighbourhood Watch of the Year at the annual neighbourhood watch appreciation event hosted by the Kensington Community Policing Forum at Kensington High School last week. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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There was a call for more community involvement to curb crime in Kensington when the Kensington Community Policing Forum (CPF) hosted its annual neighbourhood watch appreciation event.

As neighbourhood watch structures in Kensington and Factreton were honoured for their diligent work and contribution to the fight against crime, various speakers at the event at Kensington High School called on more residents to become involved in the organisations and to find solutions to the causes of crime.

Quinton Langeveld, CPF spokesperson, pointed out that all the members of the watches who were present played a vital role in keeping the area safe. But if more people were involved, the incidents of crime would be even less, he said.

“The people involved in our neighbourhood watches are still too small a percentage of the overall community to make a bigger difference. Everybody wants the same outcomes of safety and security in their neighbourhoods but not all are prepared to play some small part in making that difference. “If people realise that these structures working in partnership with the police are working, then they will see that with more of them uniting to work together the area will become stronger in the fight against crime. “Working together, criminals will realise that they cannot take over our lives and destroy our lives and the lives of our children. United we can show them that they are not wanted in our lives.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Fanie Scanlen, new commander of Kensington Police Station, spoke about his appreciation for the neighbourhood watch structures and the work they did, but he also stressed the need to find long-term solutions.

He said when meeting members of the public in his new posting he realised he wanted the same sense of safety that everybody wanted. “As the new station commander I have the same sense of wanting to be safe and secure in my neighbourhood,” he said.

“I also feel that our children must be safe, when you go to bed at night your property and life be safe, when you walk around your areas it should be without fear.”

“For the past 12 years I have been involved in this cluster but only been to Kensington as a duty officer on a few occasions. Now as station commander I begin to understand the problems better.

“I’ve met the people from the community who are involved in various structures and realise that they are serious about wanting to make that difference. There is a need to make more people aware of how they can be part of that process.

“There are officers at the station who work tirelessly to be part of that difference to fight crime and solve crimes. Information from the public plays a big part in those successes, but the reality is that we are not enough. That is why you are here as members of the policing forum and neighbourhood watches to help us make your areas safer, but the time has come to take our efforts a step further.”

“The time has come for us to start working towards solutions to steer our youth on the right path. We need unique and interesting ideas and projects to save our children from this life by giving them alternatives.

“Now is the time that we tell people and organisations to call us with ideas to make Kensington safe for the long term. We need to give them the skills to face their future and become positive members of our community and we must make that our focus for the new year.”

For more information about neighbourhood watches in the area contact Cheslyn Steenberg on 083 543 1344 or cheslynsteenberg@yahoo.com.



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