‘Raise awareness to decrease crime’

2017-02-07 06:02
Police gave feedback on crime at a meeting on Thursday.

Police gave feedback on crime at a meeting on Thursday.

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Building relations between the police, safety structures and community members is a priority for Strandfontein police.

Police gave feedback on crime at Strandfontein High School on Thursday last week.

Station commander Captain David Malong addressed residents. This was followed by an overview of crime in Strandfontein from April last year up to now.

The meeting was attended by various block committees, the Strandfontein Neighbourhood Watch and residents concerned about crime.

“Taking from what was said in the meeting, in which category crime has increased, we, the Strandfontein Community Policing Forum together with Strandfontein police will strive to raise awareness within the community via various platforms to help decrease the ongoing crimes taking place,” says CPF chairperson Sandy Schuter.

Improving commuter safety is a top priority. Police offer the following safety tips:

. Do not stand alone at the various bus stops and taxi pick-up points; rather stand where there are other commuters.

. Do not stand at the bus stop or taxi pick-up point with earphones in your ears or stand openly with your cellphone shown, as this attracts opportunistic criminals.

. Home owners should set up home security with burglar bars or invest in a good security and alarm system.

Residents who attended the meeting were given the opportunity to participate in a question and answer session with Malong and other police managers.

Schuter thanked safety structure volunteers for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.

“We as volunteers sacrifice our social lives, our family time and our entire festive season to patrol the streets of Strandfontein,” she says.

She also thanks the Strandfontein police for supporting the volunteers.

“We as a community need to stand together to combat crime. I want to place more emphasis on informing the community to join the CPF safety structures; this way you will be informed of what is happening around you and how we as a united community can take back our streets,” says Schuter.

V To report crime call 021 370 1501 or CrimeStop on 08600 10111. To join the safety structures email strandfonteincpf@gmail.com.

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