Safety forum election successful

2016-03-22 06:00

A successful forum meeting took place in sector 3 last Monday.

The sector forum meeting, which was used as a platform for a police imbizo and a subforum election, “went well”, says community police forum chairperson Rafique Foflonker.

Sector 3 covers Crawford, Belthorn, Mountview, Railway, Rylands extension 3 and Rylands extension 5.

Two subforum positions were open for election – chairperson and deputy chairperson. Foflonker confirms Mohamed Boda from Rylands extension 5 was elected chairperson. Deputy chairperson is Faizel Dollie from Penlyn.

“We are glad that the election went well. We are working on building cohesion in our policing precinct again,” Foflonker says.

Crime issues that were discussed during the meeting ranged from wheelie bin pushers, trolley brigades, response time by police and resources at Lansdowne police station to neighbourhood watches.

“This sector is especially concerned about the wheelie bin scratchers and trolley pushers in the area. Residents are, however, encouraged not to leave their bins unattended,” Foflonker says.

Police sector 3 manager Sergeant Shafiek Manuel urged residents to take in their bins as soon as refuse had been collected.

“This will also discourage bin scratchers from coming in to the area. If a bin is left unattended all day this encourages and invites vagrants and unsavoury characters into the area,” Foflonker added.

“If you are unable to take your bin in during the day, ask a neighbour to take it out just before the truck comes around and have it put back. This is an effective way of keeping unwanted elements out,” Manuel said.

With regard to trollies being used in the area to cart goods, Foflonker says their hands are cut off most of the time.

“This is a bit tricky as these trollies are the private property of supermarkets,” he says. “When an arrest is made in the event of finding stolen items in a trolley, we find that the businesses are not willing to follow through on the court process.”

“Our police should be concentrating on the major crimes in the area but they are policing these issues as well. However, this might be an inefficient use of the resource. But we are doing our best to address this issue,” he says.

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