Volunteer patrollers needed to fight Gillitts crime

2015-10-20 06:00



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THE Gillitts 2 Community Network is a group of men and women aiming to keep their community safe.

The Gillitts 2 (G2) Network focuses on the south side of the M13, from the Everton Road Bridge, across Clifton Park, Gillitts onto the border of Winston Park.

This voluntary organisation provides a neighbourhood watch security network accessible directly on your cellphone via WhatsApp.

The G2 patrollers also maintain a high visibility presence to deter criminal elements from operating in the area.

Ryan Bowler, patroller co-ordinator for G2 says there has been a steady increase in crime in the area and a group of concerned residents decided to put a stop to it.

“The network was initiated about a year ago under the simple philosophy of Allan Dyer when he started questioning ‘Why aren’t we all talking to each other?’. “The G2 seeks to link as many residents in the area as possible. That way we have a live network of eyes and ears that can assist SAPS, security companies and other services in the area.

“The idea is to get in contact with us through www.gillitts2.co.za and get yourself networked. It’s not compulsory to volunteer on the neighbourhood watch side, but as we grow there are more residents appreciating our efforts and offering their time to patrol.”

These patrols alone have made a massive difference, not only to the residents finding out about Gillitts 2, but also in terms of being able to give back to the community in better ways.

“If you know your neighbour, even only basically, then we shouldn’t end up with a drug house or other criminal element making roots in our community. After all, knowledge is power.

“The effectiveness of this initiative is dependent upon the participation of residents in the Gillitts 2 area. Residents are encouraged to speak to friends, neighbours and colleagues and convince them to sign up. If anyone would like to assist with sponsorship of any kind, that would also be much appreciated,” he said.

To learn more about the Gillitts 2 Community Network or additionally if anyone has a few hours to spare each week and/or month and would like to avail themselves for patrols, contact Bowler at gillitts2patrols@gmail.com or 084 850 0231. Alternatively go to www.gillitts2.co.za to get networked

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