Makhaza patrol squad ready

2018-11-22 06:00
Harare police station commander Colonel Tshotleho Raboliba (fifth from the left, standing) together with his staff members and the neighbourhood watch members during the handing over of the equipment to aid in the fight against crime in the area.       PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Harare police station commander Colonel Tshotleho Raboliba (fifth from the left, standing) together with his staff members and the neighbourhood watch members during the handing over of the equipment to aid in the fight against crime in the area. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Members of the Ikamvalethu Neighbourhood Watch in Makhaza’s Ward 96, have received a range of equipment to beef up patrol in the area, and to make them more visible.

The equipment, including 10 bicycles and rubber pumps, 45 jackets, 10 First Aid kits and five fire extinguishers, were donated by members of Harare Police Station, the Makaza Police Forum and Ward Councillor Danile Khatshwa.

The handover was held at the Desmond Tutu Community Hall in the area.

Neighbohourhood watch chairperson Maxwell Madalambane said the equipment will make a huge difference because they were struggling to keep up with the criminals in the vicinity.

“We were using our own equipments during patrols, but now that we have radios and bicycles, this will make a huge difference in our operations, trying to protct our community from law breakers,” he said.

Mdalambane said the equipment will also boost their confidence levels as community patrollers.

He said they now wished for a permanent office, where they will be able to convene their meetings, and run a smooth operation.

Khatshwa said the equipment will help the patrollers to be easily recognisable in the community and instil fears in the acts of the criminals.

“We are expecting the patrollers to work together with the community and have a common understanding with them in order to be able to curb crime in the vicinity,” said Khatshwa.

He said the neighbourhood watch was initiated two years ago in an attempt to maintain peace in their area.

He warned criminals, saying their days were numbered, “because we will be after them.”

Colonel Tshotleho Raboliba, from the Harare police said crime is a societal issue which needed to be attended to promptly.

“Now that we are approaching the festive season, we want to ensure that we are forming a formidable team with the community to fight crime. We need more community members to join us,” he said.

He described robbery and murder as the main challenges in the area, particularly on the weekends. He said the patrollers will be mainly focusing on the hot spots, especially near the train station where people get robbed, both to and from work.

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