Street patrol keeps Waterfall safe

2017-07-11 06:02
Photo: suppliedWaterfall Street Patrol members.

Photo: suppliedWaterfall Street Patrol members.

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WATERFALL Street Patrol are residents who formed a voluntary group to deter crime, which is now widespread in Waterfall 1 and 2 areas.  

Speaking to the Fever Bill Arendse said the NPO was launched in December 2016 with seven members.

“We were determined to make a difference for our community by being readily available to patrol the streets throughout the night as a visible presence, and to maintain a visual deterrent for criminals from entering the areas.

“We have 13 members with two additional members about to join. We patrol in two-hour shifts starting at 8pm with our last shift ending at 5am,” he said.

Arendse said the NPO does not have enough members to fill every shift and they need people who are prepared to commit to the regular shifts, and to join.
“They must also be prepared to fund their own equipment and participation as the NPO is still totally self-funded.

Waterfall Street Patrol works in association with SAPS and local security companies and assists them in response to crime-related issues.  

“Our primary operation is to maintain a constantly visible presence in the area by regular street patrolling and to dissuade the criminal element from continuing their activities here.
“We are essentially the guys who drive your streets late at night and arrive at your gate when you call.
“We have established different WhatsApp groups for the community to join where their concerns can be brought to our and security community’s attention for assistance,” he said.

He urged the community to join and support the organisation.

“We need more members to join as dedicated patrollers, but as we are expanding we also need volunteers who will assist us with fund-raising events and not just as patrollers. 

“Our biggest immediate difficulty is with our radio communications due to the extreme nature of our area. The hand-held radio units are just not able to efficiently communicate between the hills and valleys. 

“We do have two dedicated base station radios, one in Waterfall 1 and the other in Waterfall 2, as well as two vehicle based units, and these certainly help in relaying messages, but our greatest need is to be able to fund a repeater in the area, which will solve these difficult communication problems.

“We welcome and urge residents to join us as volunteers or on our WhatsApp groups. We can be contacted via Brett on 073 718 0345 or Daniel on 084 677 7762, or Bill on 082 375 2613 to be included on these groups keeping themselves both informed and in contact.”

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