New safety plan for ward

2017-09-05 06:02

Ward 44 councillor Anthony Moses hopes that plans to create a community safety strategy will gather pace in the coming months.

He says residents now have to protect their assets, livelihoods and the lives of their children more than ever.

“I pick it up because I sit on all the WhatsApp groups within the ward in terms of safety. You can see the type of things which are coming through every single minute. This causes me to work with Law Enforcement services to come up with a community safety strategy which I have been speaking about for quite some time, but it is time to get all the guys on board, draft the strategy and then implement it in line with the City of Cape Town’s plans,” says Moses.

He says the plans will not cost too much nor take too long to implement after he has already begun to equip neighbourhood watches (NHWs) in the area.

“It is a very simple plan, it is not much of a challenge in terms of funding because I already bought the base station for the NHWs and the two-way radios are going to come,” he says.

He says he will put more effective training programmes in place to better execute the safety strategy.

“There are other social cohesion training exercises which need to take place in terms of intervention, such as when you have certain crises on the road and how to deal with them. We have already started training people in first aid and fire fighting. We want to look at what type of community programmes there are in terms of the organisations and NGOs which they can implement for our communities,” adds Moses.

He urges NHWs to investigate the City’s new programme for community facility officers in which NHW members who have been trained are being placed on site and gain a form of employment.

“The other one is looking at the expanded public works programme in which we look at access control at all our facilities which are being vandalised on a regular basis.

“Most of the challenges are more relational issues that have a negative outcome in behaviour and how we address relational issues in our communities as far as family life is concerned,” he explains. “I have already asked for anyone who has expertise in drafting a community safety strategy to inform me so that we can look at it as a team.”

Moses says he is concerned about the free movement of potential criminals in Bridgetown and Silvertown, where he says unmarked cars have been found to roam Vanguard Estate.

“We have cars driving around in Bridgetown and Silvertown and attacking our people and robbing people at gunpoint, which is serious. People are now not even scared anymore,” he says.

Moses says he plans to install more security cameras in the area, particularly with facial recognition technology.

“There was an incident where a criminal was convicted based on facial recognition footage. I am looking especially at Fifth Street, opposite Katrina Court, which covers the whole flats area as well as Vanguard and Welcome estates, installing a high mast camera on that side of the road, which we have investigated already last year.

“We need a community approach where the community is more ­involved.”

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