Taking back the streets

2016-02-23 06:00
Photo: supplied The community gather in their numbers in a stand-off against crime.

Photo: supplied The community gather in their numbers in a stand-off against crime.

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RESIDENTS from Waterfall 1, 2, 3 and Crestholme were greeted by a surprising sight recently when they found their neighbours gathered on street corners like a force not to be messed with, determined to eradicate the crime wave the is plaguing the area.

Some were angered at the crime rate and wished criminals away, while other showed a positive attitude trying on reflective vests as motorists hooted their support.

In one of the first united show of force for these areas, neighbourhood watch groups as well as SA Community Crime Watch (SACCW) said this “high visibility stand-off”, will be the driving force to show criminals they are taking a zero-tolerance approach to crime.

“We are determined to take back our streets and make our community a crime free zone,” said Steven King of SACCW.

He said that this is a way to also get others involved in the street patrols and neighbourhood watches.

“We want to urge our communities to join their relevant community watches” he said.

“The more eyes and ears we have on the ground, the more information we would be able to gather to assist the SAPS and CPF in our fight against crime. We as communities cannot turn a blind eye and have a civil duty to assist law enforcement agencies in their efforts to secure our areas.”

King said it takes the entire community to work together to create a safe and secure environment for all.
“We want to move people away from apathy. People need to take notice of what is happening around them and make a vow to be the change they want to see,” said King.

“Let us turn the tide of crime, together.”

Hillcrest SAPS public relations officer Constable N. Manqele was ecstatic about stand-off and said it shows the unity of the security companies, community and police in fighting crime.
“We need to work together in eradicating crime from our neighbourhood. Even if the SAPS are not available, CPFs and security companies need to up their game so we have visibility in all areas.”

“Maximum visibility equals maximum deterrence,” said Manqele.

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