Don’t tempt thieves, warns Watch

2015-05-05 06:00
The New Horizons Neighbourhood Watch has issued a warning to loiterers in the area and has urged residents to stash away all valuables in their cars. 

Chevon Booysen

The New Horizons Neighbourhood Watch has issued a warning to loiterers in the area and has urged residents to stash away all valuables in their cars. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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Residents of New Horizons have been warned to be very vigilant when leaving items in their cars, especially when parked outside.

The New Horizons Neighbourhood Watch has issued a stern warning to all motorists in the area to ensure their safety and to not become victims of crime.

This came after a meeting was held on Thursday last week. Ralph Classen, neighbourhood watch chairperson, says theft out of cars has become prevalent in the area.

“We urge our residents to remain vigilant when parking their cars outside. We have received many complaints about theft out of cars,” he says.

According to Classen residents leave valuable items in their cars at night. “This serves as bait to an opportunistic criminal. People should always take their valuables out of their cars at night to ensure they do not make themselves susceptible to crime,” he adds.

Classen says another issue that pla­gues the area is the growing numbers of gangsters. “The Six Bops are increasing in numbers. They are even branding the area by writing on walls and hanging around street corners,” he adds.

Claasen says the neighbourhood watch’s approach towards crime is to become more hands on.

“We want drug dens and illegal shebeens out of our area. They are adding to the social ills that have already gripped our community and we don’t need to add to it,” he says.

The neighbourhood watch will search wheelie bins and conduct random stop and searches during patrols.

Residents have also been warned to be vigilant when walking early morning or at night when coming from or going to work.

“We have received complaints of residents and pupils being robbed along Strandfontein Road. We will increase our visibility in these areas as well.”

The Watch is in dire need of equipment to make its services more efficient. “We need two-way radios as well as branded bibs. At the moment members are wearing different bibs and there is no uniformity,” Classen adds.


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If you would like to donate to the New Horizons Neighbourhood Watch, contact Classen on 078 990 2478

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