Working together to beat crime

2018-03-07 06:01

COMMUNITY watch groups and security companies formed a perimeter around an area where alleged burglars were hiding and waited them out until police arrived and arrested the suspects last Friday. Those involved regarded this as a successful team effort by everyone involved.

After reports broke out of a burglary in Vygie Road, members of the Bellevue and Stoneyhouse community watch who were on patrol, responded with Walungisa Protection Services (WPS) and made their way to the scene.

Bellevue community watch chairperson Malcolm Moodley said that once they arrived at the scene they were informed that the suspects were in a member’s yard in Ivy Road. “Our members, along with various other security companies, closed in on the bush area and formed a perimeter while we waited for the police to arrive,” said Moodley.

The police arrived promptly and immediately began searching the properties within the perimeter, with the help of those individuals who were already on site.

Police quickly arrested one suspect after he was spotted on a water tank in Ivy Road while the other suspect managed to escape, in part due to the bush which restricted those patrolling.

The man was then arrested and charged while the police recovered items used for house breaking and stolen goods.

“This was a classic example of how a community watch works in conjunction with residents, security companies, the police and neighbouring neighbourhood watches to eradicate crime,” said Moodley.

WPS owner Imraan Khan said that it was a positive effort on everyone’s behalf which yielded a positive result.

He added that more communities need to take the initiative to help keep their environment safe. “We would like to see other neighbourhoods active to make it better for everyone,” said Khan.

Spokesperson for the Pietermaritzburg Central Police Station, Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese, confirmed the arrest and hailed the community for helping the police.

‘More communities need to take the initiative to help keep their environment safe.’

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