Local watchers honoured

2015-12-08 06:00
Members of the Kensington Street Committee Neighbourhood Watch received a trophy as the Best Performing Street Committee at an appreciation ceremony for neighbourhood watches.  PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Members of the Kensington Street Committee Neighbourhood Watch received a trophy as the Best Performing Street Committee at an appreciation ceremony for neighbourhood watches. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Dedicated and determined members of the community who patrol the streets to make sure that their area is safe for everyone have been honoured at the first appreciation ceremony at Kensington High School.

The ceremony was the first of its kind for the neighbourhood watches in the area, Kensington Community Police Forum and the Kensington police station.

Four neighbourhood watches were honoured for making sure their areas are safe. The watch members who got certificates were from Acre Road Watch, Kensington Neighbourhood Watch, Kensington Street Committee and Factreton South Community Watch. They also acknowledged Thirteen Watch, which is in the process of registering.

Following the establishment of the neighbourhood watches crime rates have dropped. And though these neighbourhood watches still have a long way to go in fighting crime, they are glad that their footsteps are being heard and their communities are becoming safer.

The Kensington Street Committee received a trophy as the Best Performing neighbourhood watch and Factreton South Community Watch won the certificate of First Established Neighbourhood Watch.

Mogamat Nordien, chairperson of the Kensington Street Committee, says their areas are generally safe.

“Compared to what it was we can really see the improvement. Even the crime statistics show that the level of crime is decreasing. There are still areas that need fine-tuning, but overall we are really happy about the work that has been done and it shows that people care about their community.

“We will continue to work hard and make the areas safer. We want to get to a point where kids can be sent to the schools without any fear, kids can play at the parks without fear, as well as walk in the streets without any worry, because people know that the neighbourhood watches have swept all the problems away,” he says.

Nordien adds to be recognised for their work is really a morale boost.

“What people must remember is that we don’t get paid for this. We have to brave the cold and walk in the streets in the middle of the night. We also leave our families behind and in all that they have been very supportive and that is a good thing. To be appreciated for the work that you do is really a good thing and it will indeed keep us on the go.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Bernice Joseph says despite shortages at the police station what is need is strong partnership.

“It’s so glad that community members stood up and did something about their community. One would expect the youth to take this initiate up but the senior citizens took charge.

“Thank you for setting a good example. You’re not just assisting the police but you’re helping yourselves. We really appreciate the work you do to look after the community and to make sure that your children, our children don’t go down the drain because of drug addiction,” she says.

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