Communities ‘must help to stop growing crime’

2015-09-30 09:15
Mark Anthony and Sarah Naicker who were the victims of a horror farm attack recently, believe that security companies and communities should join with police to make South Africa safer.

Mark Anthony and Sarah Naicker who were the victims of a horror farm attack recently, believe that security companies and communities should join with police to make South Africa safer. (Ian Carbutt)

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Pietermaritzburg - Security companies and communities should be allowed to join hands and form programmes with the police.

This is according to a Hopewell couple who were attacked at their farm two weeks ago and narrowly escaped being killed. Following the release of crime ­statistics yesterday — which showed the murder rate in KwaZulu-Natal had ­increased by 5,4% and attempted murder by 2,2% — Sarah Naicker said the ­situation seemed “to be getting worse”.

“The reality is that not enough is being done to curb crime, and it is getting worse.

“I feel that if communities and security companies are allowed to join hands and form programmes alongside the police, we could make a difference.”

Naicker said that everyone in the country had the common goal of eradicating crime, which could be achieved if “everyone works together.

“We all need to be more proactive, because we all can offer help to decrease crime in our areas,” she said.

Naicker and her partner, Mark Anthony, were attacked at their farm house on ­September 11. The couple said they were woken by an unusual sound outside the lounge window.

When Anthony saw the window had been broken, he looked out and was charged by a man holding a gun.

The men, carrying guns, entered the house and pressed a firearm against Anthony’s forehead.

However, the gun failed to discharge each time the robbers pulled the trigger.

The couple said the trigger was pulled eight times, but the gun did not go off.

The men then ran off

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