Watch blocks out crime

2016-08-30 06:00
Clive Joshua stands with one of the security crime watch employed by Lyndon Crescent Crime Watch, Wayne Noble.  PHOTOS: Chevon Booysen

Clive Joshua stands with one of the security crime watch employed by Lyndon Crescent Crime Watch, Wayne Noble. PHOTOS: Chevon Booysen

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Selfless community crime watching is what keeps Lyndon Crescent residents in Pinati Estate sleeping sound at night.

However, the tireless and committed efforts by 70-year-old Clive Joshua has kept this ship afloat for just over eight years.

Lyndon Crescent resident Fatima Sydow says Joshua has really made their community feel safer with his acts against crime.

“We have a Crime Watch in the area that has been established and around for about eight years already and he has been very instrumental in keeping this going. The Crime Watch ensures that crime is kept at bay in this crescent where especially seniors and pensioners live need the security,” she says.

Sydow says crime in the area has dropped considerably since the crime watch was established.

“There are four people employed by the Lyndon Crescent Crime Watch who patrol our streets night and day ensuring that everything is in order.

“It is so important still though for us as residents to remain vigilant and therefore we have a Whatsapp group where crime information and alerts are shared. This joint effort has really made such a huge difference in our area,” Sydow says.

Community efforts include fundraisers to kit out the crime watch employees with gear and safety equipment.

“We have amazing women and residents in this crescent who, for fundraisers, cook food and sell it to generate proceeds towards sustaining the crime watch. The people of this crescent must really be commended for being on-board with this because without them it cannot work – it’s a collective responsibility,” she says.

The humble Joshua – who is also said to have been instrumental along with two of his neighbours to get the Cassandra Park fenced – locks up the park at night to prevent foot traffic coming through at night and is reopened again in the morning.

“I moved into this area during 1963 so we have been living in this community for almost near 60 years. Safety and security is very important to me and I really enjoy working with the residents and the committee of our block to ensure the safety of everyone here,” Joshua says.

He also commends the residents for their fundraising to ensure the salaries of the crime watch employees are paid as well as to continue acquiring safety equipment.

“Crime in this area has really dropped a lot because of visibility in the area. Crime on this side would normally be that of property-related crimes but because of the guards who are on duty, these incidents are considerably less than what it used to be,” he adds.

Joshua says they also receive lots of support from the police.

“Honestly speaking, if we should lose these guys who patrol here all day, those thieves outside are just waiting to pounce on this area. That is why it is so important to keep this going and to sustain the crime watch.

“Through this we havecreated four jobs for guys who come from Hanover Park and because they are from the area they also know who the opportunistic criminals are. We cannot stop these people from walking through the area but as long as we remain vigilant and prioritise safety and security, crime is being kept at bay,” he says.

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