Patrols look after hood

2015-10-13 06:00

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“Be the eyes and the ears of your neighbourhood watch.”

Through this message Southfield Neighbourhood Watch members want to encourage residents to join the organisation to help make the community a safer place.

Last week the watch, in partnership with three other neighbourhood watches and Diep River police, set out on a patrol in the early hours of the morning.

People’s Post joined the neighbourhood watch on a patrol last week to see exactly what they did when out on the street.

About 20 to 25 residents and police members gathered at the police station before they started their patrol.

Freddie Daniels, vice-chairperson of the Southfield Neighbourhood Watch, says when out on patrol their aim is to deter criminals from committing crime in the community.

“Our aim is to ensure that we keep our community safe and deter any criminal activity. We need to be proactive if we want to make a difference here,” he says.

During the patrol they regularly urge residents to join the neighbourhood watch. Being a neighbourhood watch member does not mean that you have to patrol as there are many other roles to play, they say.

“An active member can be someone walking their dogs to the park. If they see something suspicious they can report it to the watch or police.

“Even sitting at home in the garden or watching through the window can be as proactive as someone going out on a patrol,” he says.

There are many elderly people in the neighbourhood, Daniels says, who need to be taken into consideration.

“We cannot expect the elderly to patrol like we do and therefore urge residents to look out for them,” he says.

In driving around on the patrol the watch members check the parks, canals, open fields and the train station.

“We also check if people have left their gates and garages open. If it is we stop and knock on their door and alert them to the risk it may be to have their property open,” he says.

Daniels adds that the train station is one of their biggest headaches as there have been many reports of people getting robbed there in the early hours of the morning.

“Here are many people who rely on public transport, like the trains, and they have no choice but to walk to the station and wait for the trains. It is unfair that they fall victim to robbery or any other crime here,” he says.

Daniels says they patrol the station area on every patrol during the hours people are expected to be at the station, to look out for their safety.

“We need to be the eyes and the ears for our neighbours too; not only for their safety but for ours too,” he says.

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