Enough is enough - community fights crime together

2016-09-07 06:00

”ENOUGH is enough" was the message coming over loud and clear from residents of Acacia and Azalea streets and surrounds following the poisoning of pet dogs and armed robberies in the area and the noise and alcohol abuse in the open area by non-residents who park there for hours at night.

Three months ago, armed robbers, broke into a Acacia Street house, tied up the owners, grabbing jewellery, cash, cellphones, etc. They had poisoned three dogs in the houses adjacent to the one they attacked.

Last Tuesday, using the same modus operandi, robbers struck again, poisoning three dogs, breaking into a house, after unsuccessfully trying to break into two other houses, grabbing what they could and fleeing.

A community meeting was initiated by Field Security chief on Wednesday afternoon at Acacia Park. Umvoti Mayor Councillor Thami Ngubane and Speaker Wilson Khoza, who is the councillor for Ward 9, attended, as well as SAPS members, security personnel, Community Policing Forum representatives and the majority of residents in the area.

Residents outlined their many problems in regard to security in the area and the abuse of the park to the extent that children could no longer be allowed to play there. The mayor and speaker listened to the problems as outlined and said they would immediately investigate what positive actions could be implemented by the municipality to make the area safe for all.

It was agreed that there would be a report-back meeting the next day.

At a get-together called by the mayor on Thursday morning with HODs, municipal officials, the speaker, police and security personnel a plan of action was drawn up.

That morning a municipal grader was sent to clear the area behind Acacia Street which had enabled criminals to access the houses, and residents said they were very pleased at this prompt response by the municipality.

It is planned that the “road” cleared by the grader will be used as a residents-only access road and that street lights will be installed to make the area more secure.

The mayor and his team did an on-site inspection and it was recommended that more floodlights be put up, in addition to the three already there. These have been ordered from Pretoria and are expected to be installed this week.

Other security measures include an undertaking from the local SAPS to have more frequent vehicle patrols.

The community again got together on the Thursday afternoon for a report-back meeting and were very appreciative of the prompt action put into operation by the mayor through the municipality.

At this meeting it was also agreed to form a “neighbourhood watch” so they could work together to ensure a safe and secure life for all.

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