Community encouraged to report criminal activity

2018-06-26 06:01

THE Kloof Community Policing Forum appealed to the community to report all criminal activity as this will assist in them upping the visible policing in those areas.

CPF chairperson Nikki Mohlmann said, at present, they have 56 patrollers who keep the community safe however, without proper statistics, they cannot patrol the crime hot spots. In addition, she said that more patrollers are always needed.

“Crime is up this month, with increases in violence and house robberies which lead to further trauma by the victims. There were 27 incidents reported in Kloof in May and patrollers recorded 59 incidents,” she said.

Mohlmann stressed the importance of reporting all crime and criminal activity to SAPS.

“It is the resident’s responsibility and has a twofold benefit. Firstly, the more accurate our stats, the more resources we can get allocated to those areas. If its unreported it does not get weighed into the equation.

Secondly, many times a criminals first attempt fails and they move on. If that attempt is reported, there is a higher chance of apprehending them before someone else is compromised,” said Molhmann. She added that if dogs are barking in an area, they may well have a reason.

“ Some suspects can be tracked through dog barking reports, and one should alert your security company or street captain to all and any activity that may be crime related.”

Molhmann added that the residents should not to leave their WhatsApp emergency groups or silence the security groups.

“The contact numbers for your security group, security company and SAPS should all be easy access on your phone,” she said.

Kloof SAPS spokesperson Captain Bheki Mpungose agreed with Mohlmann, stressing the importance of community involvement in the fight against crime in the area. He said that it’s very important for the residents to report all crime as well as attempted crime to help track movement. “The residents should be wary in all car parks, which is where they are being targeted,” warned the captain. He thanked Kloof Village Mall for their great security which has forced criminals to no longer target their parking lots.

Mohlmann added that the CPF can only function with funding as well as volunteers: “At present we are sponsoring all Enforce monitoring of cameras and related costs around Kloof and need donors to assist as well.

“Residents are encouraged to donate R50 a month towards the CPF so we can improve on our existing infrastructure keeping our cameras live,” she said.

Volunteers can contact 061 582 1903.


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