Making strides in fighting crime

2016-10-11 06:00
 Photo: supplied SA Community Crime Watch Quick Response Team (from left) Yasir Wadee, Morné Engelbrecht, Ammaar Wadeen, Sameer Ally, Zaahir Karanii, Yusuf Hafajee, Sulu Hafajee and Nazeer Ahmed.

Photo: supplied SA Community Crime Watch Quick Response Team (from left) Yasir Wadee, Morné Engelbrecht, Ammaar Wadeen, Sameer Ally, Zaahir Karanii, Yusuf Hafajee, Sulu Hafajee and Nazeer Ahmed.

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SA Community Crime Watch (SACCW), a voluntary organisation that began in 2012 by concerned residents, is making huge strides in combatting crime in the neighbourhoods they serve.

According to one of the founders, Steven King, statistics for September are an example of the dedication and commitment of members.

“For September we had seven successful­ arrests, one stolen property retrieval, six missing persons located­, two suicide threats intervention, two assistances in safe-house location and one person recovery.”

He said the stats exclude accident, vehicle recoveries and medical emergencies.

King said without the assistance from volunteers and role-players the successes would not be possible.

“Only in unison and in support of law enforcement can we make a difference­. Further gratitude to our newly formed Missing Organisations Combined partners, SA Search and Rescue, HI5 Kids Recovery, Missing Children SA, Vulnerable Citizens Support Initiative and our missing persons division,” he said.

SACCW is a-political and does not comment on government policy, judge callers or anybody in the criminal justice sector.

“We only do what we are appointed to do, which is receiving information anonymously from the public to pass on to the police in an effort to solve crimes, in turn providing information to our member base informing them of criminal activity within their relative­ areas, issue look-out warnings, IRO missing and wanted persons, stolen and/or hijacked vehicles and stolen property.”

King said that resource and support remains a huge obstacle and hinders further successes in support of partners.
“As a Section 21 organisation, consisting of different services and sectors made up entirely of volunteers, SACCW needs your support to maintain and further grow services,” added King.

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