Watch members in Lansdowne kitted out

2017-05-23 06:01
Neighbourhood watch (NHW) programmes in Lansdowne received new safety gear from the City of Cape Town’s safety and security directorate last week.

Neighbourhood watch (NHW) programmes in Lansdowne received new safety gear from the City of Cape Town’s safety and security directorate last week.

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Various neighbourhood watch (NHW) programmes in Lansdowne received new safety gear from the City of Cape Town’s safety and security directorate last week.

Councillor for ward 60 Mark Kleinschmidt says the gear is part of the ward’s allocation funding.

There are currently six NHW groups in the area: Garlandale, Lanroe and Lanscor, Kenwyn, Rondebosch East, Sybrand Park, and Yorkshire/Groenvlei.

“I identified that crime and traffic calming required much attention. Because the police were unable to tackle crime on their own, I realised that our neighbourhood watches were playing a significant role as partners in being the eyes and ears, alerting residents and the relevant law enforcement agencies in ward 60,” says Kleinschmidt.

“It was for this reason that I called on safety and security trainer Charl Viljoen to present the ‘broken windows’ training session, which was held on 9 March at the Lansdowne Civic Centre, which was attended by 78 NHW members, including the Lansdowne Community Policing Forum,” he says.

Kleinschmidt says the response from the NHW groups was excellent, and additional members from outside ward 60 also asked permission to attend the ­training.

“Viljoen must be commended for his enlightening presentation.

“The presentation of safety and security equipment to the neighbourhood watch groups is an indication of my commitment to the selfless ordinary men and women who give of their time and their efforts to assist in crime prevention.

“I trust that the safety equipment that is received may assist in their crime prevention tasks,” says Kleinschmidt.

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