Winston Park takes back neighbourhood

2016-10-25 06:00
 Photo: Kalisha NaickerMembers of the Winston Park Guardians with donors (from left) Jenny Gowes, Lara Snyman (Acutts), Paul Houston, Brett Jennings, Gideon Botes, Cameron Smith and Viv Stevens (Sotherbys).

Photo: Kalisha NaickerMembers of the Winston Park Guardians with donors (from left) Jenny Gowes, Lara Snyman (Acutts), Paul Houston, Brett Jennings, Gideon Botes, Cameron Smith and Viv Stevens (Sotherbys).

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PROTECTING Winston Park against crime concerned members of the community formed the Winston Park Guardians (WPG) in November 2013.

WPG became an official sub-forum of the Hillcrest CPF (as per the Constitution in the presence of the Department of Community Safety and Liaison and the SAPS).

According to Paul Houston from WPG: “Residents, who are signed up have access to the Winston Park control room, which is outsourced to the SACan Incident Management Centre (IMC). The IMC is linked directly to key response role-players like SAPS, ambulances, the fire brigade, etc.

“What this means is the residents of Winston Park are in full control and that we as a community will run and manage our own community policing operational initiatives (including hiring, training and equipping our guards), all through a non-profit structure.

“We’ve also negotiated service level agreements with various preferred armed response companies to provide sustainable enhanced services that will benefit the residents.”

Houston urged residents to support the WPG: “We are headed up by a committee of Winston Park residents. The committee is open to all and everyone who is willing to offer their time and expertise. Please contact us if you would like to get involved.

“In addition to the committee, we also have a bunch of wonderful volunteers, who help with various activities like the reaction team, finding the owners of lost dogs, the sports field project, etc. This is a community driven project and can only be a success with the input of all.”

He also urged those who cannot offer their time, to support the guardians with sponsorships and sign up for the response as it is essential for the success of the operation.

“What we need is the balance of people to sign up. We are about 60 or so houses away from the number required for an SRA, at which point 100% contribution will be compulsory and would result in overall cheaper security costs for everyone.

“Once achieved, the costing model at that point gives us enough funding to install all the covert equipment we require throughout WP and would make WP extremely difficult for people to get in undetected,” he added.

He mentioned a special thanks to Peter and Loraine Johnson who sponsored R1 000, Viv Stevens from Sotherbys for his R1 000 sponsorship as well as Lara Snyman from Acutts for their R4 980 sponsorship, which will aid the WPG to reach their goal.

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