Suburbs score against crime

2017-05-30 06:02
Woodstock and Salt River residents played rugby last Sunday.

Woodstock and Salt River residents played rugby last Sunday.

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Two communities joined the police to promote safety in their suburbs as Woodstock and Salt River residents participated in a rugby match in Salt River last Sunday.

Both teams included police officers. Woodstock (sector 2) won the game, beating Salt River (sector 3) 49-35.

According to the match organiser, Sergeant George Ontong of Woodstock Police Station, this was one of the attempts by the police to unite residents and bring them closer to the police with the aim to fight crime.

He says the response by both communities was positive and is likely to breed a healthy relationship.

“The partnership between the police and the two communities was aimed to get them to know each other and bond to make it easy to fight crime. Police cannot do it alone, we must unite to fight crime.”

Nazlie Gamiet, a committee member of Salt River Neighbourhood Watch, says: “A big thanks to each and everyone on and off the field that came out to enjoy and support the interaction between the two sectors. Well done to the police for bringing two communities together.

“The game ended on a high note with both teams showing much love towards one another. If the criminals saw all the passion out there on Sunday, they would stay well clear of Salt River and Woodstock. The day was mainly to bring two communities together and show the criminals that we mean business.”

The suburbs are plagued by criminal activities such as house and car break-ins, thefts and robberies. They are also affected by drug abuse and police say they are planning to tackle those elements.

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