Plea for extra eyes and ears

2016-06-21 06:00

The Bergvliet South part of Sector 1 of the BKM Neighbourhood Watch is pleading with members of their community to come out and help being the eyes and ears of the community.

Though a lot of people are signed up as members, only about half of the members go on patrol.

“Although crime is under control in the area, neighbourhood watches don’t want to leave anything to chance,” says Stuart Buckley, BKM zone manager for Bergvliet south, part of Sector 1.

They are desperately looking for members to help them with patrols in the area.

“Every area is struggling with some form of crime. We want people out there to be the eyes and ears so that we can help the police fight crime and keep our area safe. Our biggest challenge in this area is petty crime. Most of the perpetrators are just opportunistic, and when we have people in the streets at all times, it helps,” he says.

Buckley says being a patroller doesn’t mean you have to drive around.

“You can also do a patrol when walking with the family to the park or going to the shops. In fact, whenever you leave your driveway, you are on patrol. We just need eyes and ears out there in our neighbourhood – all the time. You can patrol whenever you want at a time that suits you best. We want people to help keep their areas safer,” he says.

For those who want to patrol but don’t know how to go about it, Buckley says there are training sessions that will help.

“It is important to attend our patroller training sessions because we teach you what to look out for. To be a patroller, you simply need to be a member and do the training,” says Buckley.

“We teach patrollers the basics like how to report an incident, how to use the radio and be in touch with our control room, what to lookout for and what can be considered suspicious behaviour. We are not saying people must put their lives in danger, but when you just see something ‘uncomfortable’, just report it and the correct people will be dispatched to look into the situation,” explains Buckley.

Patrol training takes between an hour and a half to two hours and it starts at 18:30. For those who want to train, the dates are Wednesday 22 June, Tuesday 5 July and Wednesday 20 July.

V Readers who are interested in joining the patrol team in the Bergvliet area or any area within the BKM Neighbourhood Watch area, can contact Norma on 021 715 5557 or email office@bkmwatch.org.za. She will forward an application form for the patroller ID card and make a booking on the date that the applicant prefers.

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