Woodlands says ‘no’ to crime

2018-09-26 06:00
Gavin Hoskins points at one of the water meters where the cover has been stolen.PHOTO: byrone athman

Gavin Hoskins points at one of the water meters where the cover has been stolen.PHOTO: byrone athman

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AFTER the recent much-needed clean-up of the Woodland’s sporting grounds and facilities, the community has come together once again to say enough is enough and are now tackling crime in the area.

“Crime is a result of substance abuse here in our area. Recently we caught a man who had stolen a gate. He
admitted to us that he was going to sell it to pay for his whoonga addiction,” said a member of the Woodlands neighbourhood watch, Gavin Hoskins.

“Many of the criminals we catch are drug addicts.

“During our clean-up we collected mass amounts of BronCleer bottles which people are buying to get high and are then resorting to crime when they need money to feed their addictions,” said Hoskins.

He said that Woodlands has been experiencing a string of crimes relating to gate and meter cover theft and they have partnered with the local Mountain Rise Police Station over to address this problem.

A video posted by Hoskins on social media websites showing a criminal caught in the act and being made to put the gate back onto the hinges from where he stole it, has since gone viral.

“We want to send a strong message to any criminals that we are in partnership with the police who we are assisting in seeing that crime is stopped,” he said.

Not only preventing at crime, Hoskins said their clean-up of Woodlands also focuses on the youth as well.

“Sport is an important aspect in the lives of the youth, that is why we focused on cleaning up the sporting facilities in particular.

“Through sport the youth will find a way to use their time productively, keeping them away from substance abuse and empowering them for the future,” said Hoskins.

Police sources confirmed that they were working closely with the Woodlands community to eradicate crime and substance abuse in the area and that their efforts thus far have been positive.

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