Community-neighbourhood watch formed by Greytown residents Community Watch groups formed

2016-09-28 06:00
A spate of burglaries and thefts in specific areas in Greytown has led to the formation of Community Watch-Neighbourhood Watch groups.

A spate of burglaries and thefts in specific areas in Greytown has led to the formation of Community Watch-Neighbourhood Watch groups.

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A SPATE of burglaries and thefts in specific areas in Greytown has led to the formation of Community Watch-Neighbourhood Watch groups actively involving residents in the areas to participate in crime prevention in co-operation with security firms, SAPS and neighbours.

These structures have come about as a result of a brainstorming session between security chief Sudesh Maharaj, IT specialist Rishad Jaenant and now Chairperson Joe Maharaj. Acting promptly, and involving the SAPS and Umvoti Municipality, residents in the Azalea, Acacia streets areas, which has been targeted by criminals, aired their problems at a community meeting.

As a result they formed a Neighbourhood Watch and the municipality and police undertook to make the area safe and secure enough to enable children to play outside again.

Community Watch (this includes any Neighbourhood Watch groups) is a crime-prevention programme enlisting the participation of residents and law enforcement agencies, to reduce crime, solve problems and generally improve the quality of life in the area.

In any given “watch” area residents should recognise, report crimes and suspicious activities, vehicles, individuals, take whatever steps necessary to protect family and property and identify “hot spots” in their neighbourhood, and above all, be vigilant.

When all the neighbourhood sectors have been established in Greytown, each section will have its own elected committee that will report to the main overall committee for assistance, problem-solving, etc.

In Greytown many people work and leave their domestic employee at home during the day. It is absolutely essential that they are educated on crime prevention and are aware of the dangers of allowing strangers onto the property.

To assist with the education and training residents are notified that a meeting for domestic employees will take place Thursday, 29 September, in the Moth Hall from 2pm to 3pm.

The purpose of the meeting is to update this group on what to do and what not to do to keep safe and secure through basic crime-prevention measures.

Basic tips from the overall Community Watch committee, include know your neighbours, know your house and layout, have a mobile panic button, and above all, be vigilant,

These groups are not vigilantes, but the ears and eyes for reporting crime and helping neighbours through serving as a springboard for reducing and preventing crime in the community.

Community Watch groups can be an effective deterrent to criminal activity, but their success depends on the active and continuous involvement of residents.

A Neighbourhood Watch report-back meeting is to take place on Tuesday 11 October in the Moth Hall at 6.30pm to keep the residents covered updated, to discuss problems and any possible action that is needed.

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