Don’t take law in own hands - join CPF

2016-09-08 06:00
<A copy of the Uitenhage Community Policing Forum flyer which was distributed last week to warn residents not to take the law into their own hands.

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The role of members of any Community Policing Forum (CPF) is to act as the “eyes and ears” on behalf of the police and not to act as if being part of the service.

“We all are sick and tired of crime,” said Pat Unsworth, chairperson of the Uitenhage Community Policing Forum.

“This certainly does not mean you can take the law into your own hands or attempt to solve the problem yourself.”

This follows an incident where the Uitenhage CPF felt it necessary to distribute flyers, warning residents to not join vigilante patrol groups.

According to her, the CPF is aware of these patrol groups and distances itself from their activities.

“Attacking another person is against the law. You could easily find yourself being arrested or taken to the cells.

“You can take back your area from criminals by joining the CPF and its patrols. The answer is to join in numbers and help to make your area safe.”

Patrolling takes as little as one hour of your time, to ensure peaceful sleep and security for community members whilst you work.

Being the “eyes and ears” means to be aware of suspicious activities and to immediately alert the police.

Unemployed persons can also feel useful by acting as “eyes and ears” for the police.

“It is so simple. In the residential areas where the CPF is up and running, we can immediately see a decrease in residential crime,” said Unsworth.

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