WITH the aim of assisting the Newton Park Sector Policing Forum (NPSPF) in the fight against crime in the Newton Park area, the National Security and Fire (NSF) company recently handed over equipment to the area’s policing forum. This highly organised local forum works in conjunction with local private security companies and Mount Road SAPS and plays a key role in ensuring that the residents and business owners of Newton Park are kept safe and better protected.The forum has a network of ‘spotters’ and ‘patrollers’ who report and react to any suspicious behaviour in the area.According to National Security and Fire national branch manager André Britz the equipment, which consists of 20 branded reflector vests and three sets of reflective magnetic vehicle decals, together with the assistance from the National Security and Fire Response team, will enable the patrollers to be identified by the community, law enforcement and private security as well as deter would-be criminals who will now be able to see that the NPSPF in partnership with NSF is active in the area.“We have seen it as our obligation to the community to supply equipment to the men and women who give up their own time and often their own safety for the protection of their friends and neighbours. This, coupled with the continued support of our armed response vehicles, is our way of saying thank you and showing our commitment to the war on crime and the safety of both Newton Park and the greater Nelson Mandela Metro,” Britz said. Describing the link between SAPS and the community as an important factor in crime prevention, Britz said it takes a strong and dedicated team to ensure that this communication channel is well maintained and always remains open. “The SAPS at Mount Road have been doing an exemplary job of supporting the community and we are forever grateful to them for going the extra mile in supporting all these community safety initiatives. It is far too often that SAPS do not get credit for the incredible work they do, despite the challenges that they face on a daily basis. We would also like to thank everyone involved in this initiative for the sacrifices that they have made for the well-being of our community.” Encouraging more residents to volunteer for their local SPF so as to work towards a safer Nelson Mandela Metro, Britz said in the near future, the National Security and Fire would also be providing torches which will assist the patrollers in being able to execute their duties after dark, which is when they are the most vulnerable.