Neighbourhood watch wants you

2016-07-26 06:00
Brendan Baxter (owner of Scorpion Security), Fatima Meyer (neigbourhood watch secretary), Wesley Moses (watch deputy chairperson), Captain David Malong, Constable Lambert and Sandy Schuter-Jacobs.

Brendan Baxter (owner of Scorpion Security), Fatima Meyer (neigbourhood watch secretary), Wesley Moses (watch deputy chairperson), Captain David Malong, Constable Lambert and Sandy Schuter-Jacobs.

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The Strandfontein Neighbourhood Watch has been met with much success and next week will be your last opportunity to join them in “taking a bite out of crime”.

On Saturday 23 July the neighbourhood watch (NHW) and their partners the Community Police Forum (CPF), Strandfontein police and Scorpion Security Technologies had yet other fruitful day with their recruitment drive that took place at the BP garage in Wavecrest.

The aim of the drive is to grow and strengthen the watch – by having more active members involved with regular patrols – and helping the local police to kick out crime and take back the streets “so it becomes safe again for everyone”,

Levan Jacobs, NHW spokesperson says: “I am pleased to have seen the interest level of the community in wanting to join the watch. We have spoken to a few people and they stated their concern about the amount of ‘traffic’ to and from the field in Wavecrest from St Helena into Punt Road and we’ve explained that this initiative is to have more active members patrolling that vicinity to be the eyes and ears of the local police.

Some of those who indicated interest have previously been with the watch, says deputy chairperson Wesley Moses. “Life got in the way and time became minimal but now they willing to commit themselves again to this great course. It makes my heart happy knowing that the new station commander, Captain (David) Malong, is hands-on and active in our community. He handed out flyers and interacted with the residents wanting them on board with the watch.”

CPF chairperson Sandy Schuter-Jacobs says the aim of the forum is to build a partnership with the community and police.

“For the past few weeks the CPF executive has seen the fruits of their labour where the relationship between the community and police was evident with one goal and one objective: to increase the safety structures and to establish an interest from the community in assisting by volunteering their time with regards to our community’s safety,” she says.

“This is he first time that we have had such an active station commander working with the volunteers side by side learning the heartbeat of the community.”

At 14:00, the NHW took the drive to the 7de Laan informal settlement where they met with CPF executive member and community leader Maggie Kampher.

Evan Pienaar, chairperson of the watch says: “The informal settlement is part and parcel of our community and after speaking to Maggie, there are a lot of youngsters who have been sacrificing their time and sleep to assist. I find it heart warming knowing there are young men and women who are wanting to make a difference.”

The structures thanked Scorpion Security Technologies for their continued support and encouraged residents of all ages to join the watch. The last recruitment drive will be held on Saturday 30 July at OK Bayview.?V To Join, visit the drive or email or to join the other structures call Strandfontein Police on 0213701501.

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