Community structures stand against crime

2016-12-01 06:00
Umesh Singh addresses the residents on the importance of community participation in the fight against crime. Photo: supplied

Umesh Singh addresses the residents on the importance of community participation in the fight against crime. Photo: supplied

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MEMBERS of Tongaat SAPS and Tongaat Policing Forum hosted an anti-hijack campaign at Tongaat Primary School on 21 November to educate the public about the increasing crime.

The aim of the meeting was to teach the community how to react when confronted by armed suspects in house robberies, hijackings and other crime incidents.

Chairperson of eThekwini outer north cluster Umesh Singh said: “Basically we are looking at ways to reduce crime in our communities by educating the public on how [to avoid] being victims of crime.

“Police cannot fight crime alone, they need support from the community.

“We also talked about the role of the police in the community.”

Singh suggested that the public join sector forums.

“Members of the public must come together and stand united to fight against crime. We need to work together with the community as a team.

“I also urge residents to report all cases of crime to the police.”

Nazir Sadack from Community Emergency Response Team said: “This year there has been an increase in hijackings.

“One of the key lessons when a person is being hijacked is to remain calm. Very often people do not know how to react in hijacking situations.”

Ward councillor Dolly Munien said: “We need to start being more proactive so that we do not become victims of crime.

“I feel the more people get involved in CPF structures, [the more] they become aware of the surroundings.”

Tongaat police spokesperson Manisha­ Maharaj-Marie said the programme­ was informative and useful.

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