Communities can play a big role in fighting crime

2015-11-11 06:00

EVERY day someone gets robbed, injured, assaulted or killed.

In many of these cases the perpetrator will most likely be someone known to the community or to the victim.

It is common these days that in most communities there are places known as “no-go” areas and, most if not every community member will know about these areas and sometimes even the actual perpetrators. We live with these people and we know them.

Although this could be stopped by letting the police know about these areas, but some of us choose not to.

The reality is the same community members, who become victims, can actually put a stop to this.

Sometimes, if not most of these incidents happen in our neighbourhood. For instance if I visit another area it would be easier for me to become a victim compared to residents of that area as I would be unware of these dangerous areas compared to locals.

Sometimes you hear people saying to victims, “that place is very dangerous at this time” or “that’s where the criminals live”, but surprisingly no one has the courage to report this.

Sometimes one is robbed and assaulted in front of others, but you find onlookers actually laughing at the matter instead of doing something about it. What incentive is there for the community to stop these crimes when some people support what criminals are doing?

By supporting the victims of these crimes we, as the community, can actually play a big role in fighting crime.

Nokukhanya Ndlovu

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