CPF shares worry about cameras

2015-10-06 06:00
The Mitchell’s Plain Community Police Forum held a feedback meeting last week. 

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The Mitchell’s Plain Community Police Forum held a feedback meeting last week. PHOTO: Samantha lee

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It has been a busy two months for the Mitchell’s Plain Community Police Forum (CPF). In a formal feedback meeting held at the police station on Tuesday last week, the CPF gave an account of the work it has done.

The main issues raised were the positioning of cameras in the Town Centre, concern about a vigilante group operating in the area and crime trends.

Acting station commander Colonel Neville Jonas said carjackings and robberies remained areas of concern, with a spike experienced specifically in the Town Centre area.

One resident argued that the cameras should eliminate this risk, wanting to know where the cameras were situated.

An official, who cannot be named, said: “I cannot tell you exactly where the cameras are placed, but I can tell you there are cameras all over the Town Centre.”

Residents also asked if more cameras would be installed in the main roads leading to the business hub.

Abie Isaacs, CPF chairperson, said these cameras would need to be tested.

“We will give you a date when we want to personally test that all the cameras in the Town Centre are working. Then we will report back,” said Isaacs.

Lynne Phillips, CPF secretary, also raised a concern about the shortage of personnel at the police station.

“We have raised this with the office of the president at their last visit and would like to know if any feedback was received,” she asked.

Jonas said: “The letter was drafted and sent on to their offices through [Major-General Abraham Goss]. If he has received feedback on that, I am not sure.”

The meeting concluded with a review of projects being run through the CPF.

Isaacs said he was confident that the CPF would reach its goal of 7 000 volunteers before the end of November.

“When I promised that I would have 120 volunteers here to walk with us, I proved I was right and we will have 7 000 volunteers registered,” he said.

All members and volunteers have completed their annual screening.

The next CPF public meeting will be held in the Mitchell’s Plain police station board room on Tuesday 24 November at 19:00.

This will be a general public meeting.

“We were elected in November last year and this annual general meeting will give us a chance to inform our members what we have done for the past 365 days,” Isaacs said.

If you would like more information on upcoming events or how to get involved with the Mitchell’s Plain Community Police Forum, you can call Abie Isaacs on 082 314 6772 or follow @mplaincpf on Twitter

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