Keeping the neighbourhood safe

2015-06-09 06:01
The community attending the fundraiser.
Kalisha Naicker

The community attending the fundraiser. Photo: Kalisha Naicker

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THE Westriding Community Policing Neighbourhood Watch (WCP) held a community day at Elizabeth Park in Westriding last week. The day was a huge success with many residents coming out to watch the displays and to browse and buy from local residents, who had stalls there.

Metro Horse Unit, Metro Dog Unit and Hillcrest SAPS members were present to interact with residents. Displays were done by Meditech (CPR), Sword andamp; Shield (sword fighting display), Mandy Barrett from The Dog Guru’s Gentle Dog andamp; Puppy Training School gave a rescue dog display, Contact Combat Academy did a Krav Magra demonstration and Nick Evans from KwaZulu-Natal Amphibian and Reptile Conservation had a display.

Speaking to the Fever, Ursula More of the WCP said, the primary function of this watch is to reduce the crime in the area, by getting residents to be more alert of their surroundings and reporting suspicious people, vehicles, etc, to them.

She said that there was a definite need for a neighbourhood watch after the violent house break-ins experienced in the Westriding area in 2012.

“The WCP covers the entire Westriding area, from Old Main Road to Inanda Road and from Galloway Road to Marion Road. WCP works together with security companies, SAPS and Metro in the area and also have their full support if needed,” said More.

“There are also patrols during the day and night by residents, who volunteer their time and resources. At present we have two residents who carry the OPS phone in 12 hour shifts so residents are able to contact the WCP OPS phone 24 hours a day.”

She said the WCP have been successful since inception and members have made a number of arrests for theft and house break-ins, as well as recovering stolen property.

More reiterated to residents that to be part of the WCP they do not have to patrol, all they have to do is be more observant of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to the OPS.

She said that WCP would like to thank Blue Security, Afritrack, The Toy Factory Shop, Bread Ahead, 1000 Hills Spar, Waterfall Spar, Securlink and Equitack for their support. To join the WCP can contact them on 073 309 5553

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