Relaunch of community and police crime prevention measures

2016-11-02 06:01

MANY people are quick, when there is a crime committed or even an attempted crime, to blame the SAPS for either not preventing the incident or for not taking any action. But it is also up to people, and all residents of Umvoti, to work with the police to bring the crime rate down through active and positive crime prevention measures.

With this in mind, Greytown SAPS are appealing to the public to attend the relaunch of the Greytown Community Policing Forum and the Youth Crime Prevention desk.

This important meeting is to take place on Friday 11 November at 2pm at the town hall.

Since all the district clusters now fall under one, the Umzinyathi Cluster, all police stations were requested to revive previous crime prevention structures to come in line with the new cluster.

Warrant Officer Mnyandu of the Greytown SAPS told the Greytown Gazette that it is essential for everyone to work together in order to reduce the crime rate.

He appealed to members of the recently formed Community Watch and Neighbourhood Watch groups to attend the CPF launch to ensure that everyone works towards the same goal and avoid unnecessary duplication of efforts.

Many crimes are said to be fuelled by drugs and alcohol and to counteract the availability and easy access to these, the relaunch of the crime prevention desk for youth is a priority.

Warrant Officer Mnyandu said the long school holidays and the festive season usually means an increase in petty crime so it was vital that the community and the police discussed and processed plans of crime prevention in the town and district.

For further information, contact Warrant Officer Mnyandu on 072 662 9087.

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