Nominate your community crimefighters for top awards

2019-02-28 06:00

Nominations are open for the City of Cape Town’s annual Neighbourhood Watch Awards, which celebrate individuals and groups within the neighbourhood watch fraternity who go above and beyond the call of duty.

Now in its second year, the awards celebrate and acknowledge the achievements and contributions of individuals and groups who help build safer communities in Cape Town.

The nomination process closes on Friday 8 March.

Nominations can be submitted for an individual or a group/team in a number of categories, including the:

. Courage in action award

. Social responsibility award

. Broken windows award

. Organisational excellence award

. Crime fighter of the year award

There are also a number of Leaders’ Choice awards, judged by the Mayor, the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, the Western Cape Minister of Community Safety and the South African Provincial Police Commissioner.

A full list of categories is available on the link

JP Smith, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, and Social Services, says thousands of neighbourhood watch members have gone the distance in keeping their families and communities safe.

“It is an often thankless task, particularly in areas where serious and violent crime prevails,” he pointed out. “But they persevere for the greater good. These awards are a token of our appreciation for all they do. Without their contribution our public safety efforts would be far less effective.”

The City of Cape Town established its Neighbourhood Watch Support Programme in 2008. Since then, said Smith, thousands of watch members have been trained and equipped through the programme, in association with the Western Cape Department of Community Safety.

Says Dan Plato, Mayor of Cape Town: “We are always seeking ways to solidify our relationship with community policing structures, and the evolution of the neighbourhood watch support programme over the past decade proves that. One cannot underestimate the importance of a well functioning and committed neighbourhood watch. Members know their areas better than anyone, which means they provide a level of crime intelligence that makes the job of the uniformed services easier.

Alan Winde, MEC for Community Safety, said the Western Cape has one of the world’s best and most active neighbourhood watch systems.

He said: “With deep care for one another, members of our communities are keeping a watchful eye over their streets, with the aim of transforming them into safer environments. Their hard work and dedication has paid off, with a 6,8% reduction in property-related crime last year.

“It is clear that when we all watch, we are all safer. I would like to applaud the active moms, dads, grannies, grandpas, young people, men and women who are making a positive difference in our communities on a daily basis.”

Winde said these awards are a showcase of their collective commitment to the cause, and “an opportunity for us to show our appreciation for the efforts they make to keep us safer”.

He urged all members of the public to foster a safer Western Cape.


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