Forest Hills to stamp out crime

2018-06-12 06:01
The committee members of the Forest Hills 2 Neighbourhood Watch (from left) are Nick Gard, Kerry Murray, Megan Dunstan, Garrick Dunstan, Warren Swart and Heath Coleman.PHOTO: phindile shozi

The committee members of the Forest Hills 2 Neighbourhood Watch (from left) are Nick Gard, Kerry Murray, Megan Dunstan, Garrick Dunstan, Warren Swart and Heath Coleman.PHOTO: phindile shozi

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DUE to the escalating crime rate in the area, the Forest Hills 2 community has joined forces to launch the Forest Hills 2 Neighbourhood Watch, and held a crime awareness day on June 3 at Forest View Primary School.

The Forest Hill 2 Neighbourhood Watch committee comprises of Megan Dunstan, Craig Everett, Nick Gard, Kerry Murray, Verdan Menne, Heath Coleman, Warren Swart and Garrick Dunstan. They said their community has been experiencing a crime wave and it is time that they put an end to it.

“A few of our residents experienced home invasions, hence the need for active patrols and visibility in our area,” said the committee.

“Patrollers were mobilised approximately six weeks ago, we now have an official NHW and we run nightly patrols,” they said.

One of the members, Dunstan, said even though they have started patrolling, they do not have equipment for their patrollers. She said the crime awareness day was a way to create awareness about their neighbourhood watch and to raise funds for the necessary equipment.

“Funding has been a challenge because we need equipment for our patrollers in order for them to patrol our streets successfully.

“Also, being new to this, we have faced a few challenges in respect of organising patrols. This, however, has settled down and we now have approximately 60 active voluntary patrollers,” she said.

She added that the vast bushy terrain has been a huge factor for them as it provides an easy getaway for the criminals.

Dunstan encouraged the community to join the neighbourhood watch. She said: “In terms of support, we are desperate for funding. The patrollers need reflective vests and torches, we need NHW signage to go up in our neighbourhood and we need car signage to identify our patrollers. We are also hoping, in time, to be able to put up cameras to monitor activities.”

Anyone willing to assist can contact Forest Hill 2 Neighbourhood Watch at 063 775 7846.

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