More residents step up to protect

2015-07-07 06:01
Residents listen attentively as they are trained on how to take good care of their community.

Residents listen attentively as they are trained on how to take good care of their community.

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Residents from Kensington, Factreton, Maitland and Brooklyn attended training for neighbourhood watches at the Kensington civic centre last week.

Ward councillor Lisa Mcbride says she was blown away that they ended up with 69 people, all eager to take back their streets.

The training was conducted by Charl Viljoen of the City of Cape Town.

Neighbourhood watch members attending were from the Kensington Community Safety Watch, Acre Road Community Safety Watch, Factreton South street committee, Beaufort street committee, Brooklyn-Ysterplaat Neighbourhood Watch and Maitland Neighbourhood Watch.

Mcbride says in the last 10 months there has been an increase in the number of residents that are taking charge by creating street committees, neighbourhood watches and park committees.

“I am a strong believer in building partnerships between government and civil society, and that as government we are continually looking for ways to improve communities and with things like this training we can support such civil society movements. This will make our streets safer,” she says.

“Our challenge is to get the Kensington police and metro police to work together when it comes to gun violence, especially in the Factreton area. I am going to have to monitor and review to what extent these two structures can provide back-up support to the neighbourhood watches.

“As councillor I am so proud of those committed residents in our area, especially those in our high-crime area, for standing up to see what they can do to make a difference. This is a challenge that we in Kensington and Factreton still need to achieve,” says Mcbride.

The neighbourhood watches are in need of raincoats, gloves, boots, reflective material, torches, snacks and umbrellas. Any individuals or businesses who want to donate to the neighbourhood watches, can contact Mcbride on 083 216 9361 or lisa.­mcbride@­capetown.­gov.­za

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