Glenwood CPF ropes in security firm to fight crime

2014-06-09 00:00

ROBBERIES at homes and businesses in Glenwood have forced the local community policing forum to join forces with a local security company to fight crime.

Heather Rorick, chairperson of the CPF, said they expect to meet with the security company today to formalise the working relationship. “This is a pilot project with Mzantsi. We chose this company because it is located in our community. Among other things, we will be sharing ideas on how to move forward with the project,” said Rorick.

She said if the project is a success then they will implement it in various parts of their community.

Rorick said the main concern that prompted the initiative is the escalating crime rate in the area. She said businesses were also part of the initiative as they have seen a spike in robberies and the ongoing vagrancy, which affects their customers. Vagrants are a headache to businesses, said Rorick.

She said prostitution and drugs were also making matters worse with regards to crime levels in the area.

Mzantsi spokesperson Michelle Caswell said the main focus at the moment was Davenport Road. She said businesses, especially restaurants, were targeted by criminals. “I’ve been a policewoman for 16 years and I have noticed how businesses were affected by crime. Some people take their business somewhere else because of the crime level in Davenport. We understand that criminal elements will move to other parts once we hit the road with the project,” said Caswell. She said if successful, the project will be implemented in other areas of Durban.

“It’s up to us to take back our community and make it better and safe place to raise our families.

“We will work hard to reclaim this community and we will ensure that together we rid our streets of criminal elements,” she said.

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