Berea’s annual Crime Awareness Day to bridge the gap between community, business and police

2014-06-27 00:00

THE Berea SAPS station is holding its annual Crime Awareness Day in Berea Park on the corner of Stephen Dlamini (formerly Essenwood) and John Zikhali (formerly Sydenham) roads tomorrow from 8 am to 2 pm.

“We will be handing out pamphlets and there will be a variety of displays,” said Lieutenant P.N. Naidoo. “The dog unit will be there and the fire department.”

The day is a community uplift project aimed at bridging the gap between the community, business and the police.

Also attending will be representatives of the SAPS Flying Squad, Durban Metro Police and the Road Traffic Directorate.

“They will be looking at safety on the road,” said Naidoo. “And there will be jumping castles for the kids. There will be something for everyone.”

Apart from the entertainment — the police band will also be performing — the event also offers an opportunity for people to meet the policemen and policewomen who serve the Berea community.

“The aim of the day is make the public aware of crime,” said Naidoo.

“People mustn’t be complacent. We have a problem with property theft in the area.

“People leave valuables in plain sight in their cars. Someone passing by, and not intending to steal, will see a laptop on the back seat of a car and be tempted to take it.

“People leave windows and doors open when they are out during the day and even at night,” said Naidoo.

“People are too complacent, they are living as though things are as they were 20 years ago, but they are not. People must be more vigilant and aware.”

Naidoo acknowledged the SAPS has a problem with resources.

“But we do the best with what we have got and we want people play their part and become more aware.”

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