Residents bring back watch

2015-07-28 13:58
The revitalisation of the Sheraton Neighbourhood Watch will ensure that residents patrol all crime hotspots in the area such as the park. 

astrid februarie

The revitalisation of the Sheraton Neighbourhood Watch will ensure that residents patrol all crime hotspots in the area such as the park. PHOTO: astrid februarie

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“Fighting crime together”.

This is the sentiment echoed by residents in Sheraton Park who hope that revitalising the local neighbourhood watch will encourage residents to become active citizens.

The local neighbourhood watch has been inactive for about 20 years due to a number of people losing interest as they feared for their safety.

Resident Beatrice Twigg is leading a neighbourhood watch revitalisation and says she hopes that the watch will bring residents closer and strengthen the relationship between residents and the police.

“We need to take action if we want to rid our community of drugs, gangsterism and other crimes, but we cannot do this in isolation of the police,” she says.

Twigg says for residents’ own safety they need to include the police in their activities, also for the sake of getting guidance.

“We need to tackle crime together and support the police in their duties; simply be the eyes and ears of the police,” she says.

Twigg believes that when residents become active citizens they deter criminal activity and create an environment in which people want to live.

“I have lived in this community for a very long time and if I want to feel safe and secure I have to take action; I cannot wait on someone else to do it,” she says.

She says it is time for residents to take back their community. “We are ratepayers, professionals, here are elderly and young children who live in fear because of a minority who think they can do what they want when they want, but we want to change that. We want to make things better for ourselves,” she says.

Twigg says she has already received a number of calls from residents who are interested in joining the watch. “I am very glad that there are people who have shown interest. This means they want to live in an environment that is enjoyable for them, their children and grandchildren.”

A meeting will be called in the next two weeks to kickstart the revitalisation of the watch

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