Crime team ready

2015-08-11 09:04
The Combined Security Response Team was initiated in Howick last week and a roadblock was conducted to raise awareness for the project.

The Combined Security Response Team was initiated in Howick last week and a roadblock was conducted to raise awareness for the project. (Supplied)

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HOWICK has a new crime-fighting force and they are armed and ready to tackle perpetrators plaguing the community.

Taking a page out of the successes of Pietermaritzburg’s own Combined Action Team (CAT), Howick police have launched the Combined Security Response Team, which gathers the resources of the police, private security companies and SACAN in an attempt to thwart crime in the area.

The team, comprising about 30 members from the police, SACAN, Knight Security Services (KSS) and Berg Protection Services, the Violent Crimes Apprehension Team (VCAT) and other community participants held its first awareness campaign in Howick on Friday last week.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, a police officer in the team said the project comes after the high incidence of motor vehicle theft in the town.

“With crime being the way it is, we need to think out of the box,” the officer said.

The officer said the main aim of the project is to decrease the reaction time when responding to an emergency and get “as many guys on the ground as possible”.

The initiative will seek to harness community networking schemes and link up with the policing unit to “create a safe and secure policing precinct” in Howick.

According to the officer, SACAN will be responsible for heading the communications aspect of the project while the private security companies will offer the manpower and their resources to the team.

SACAN founder Brian Jones yesterday said their organisation will be the “co-ordination body” of all the role-players and will use their systems to log crime reports and dispatch the team and emergency services where needed.

Jones said SACAN will also be incorporating its PSAP system into the project so all emergency role-players will be notified of a distress call once it is logged.

The public are urged to call the team’s helpline on 086 167 2226 to report only “priority emergencies” where essential emergency services were needed.

“I think it is the best thing that the police have done in a long time. It will make an absolute difference in ensuring everyone will work together to provide rapid security and medical services to those in need,” Jones said.

The Witness was unable to contact KSS and Berg Protection Services for comment yesterday

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