‘Big brother’ is watching you

2019-05-14 06:00
One of the signs they will be putting up.PHOTO: tiyese jeranji

One of the signs they will be putting up.PHOTO: tiyese jeranji

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There will be a new set of eyes to keep residents safe in the Punts Estate, Heathfield, Elfindale and Windsor Park areas, as the PHEW neighbourhood watch put up a new camera.

The big brother will watch the area bordering Southfield and the PHEW areas.

This is the third camera that the watch has put up and they are happy with the progress of the watch within this short space of time.

PHEW neighbourhood watch chairperson Enver Maneveld says they are happy to be putting up another camera.

Maneveld adds having another camera put up is really a big step for them considering that the watch is just about three and a half years old. “The aim is to keep our residents safe and having more cameras serves as a deterrent. We don’t have a lot of elements coming into the area as they know they will be caught. We are doing this to close all the hotspots up. We are not leaving anything to chance,” he says.

With about 500 members and 60 active patrollers, Maneveld says they have reduced crime in their area tremendously.

“Our crime has dropped by 90%. We are grateful to all our members who contribute to the watch in various ways. We are over the moon with what the watch is doing and all the successes,” he says.

Maneveld also urged members to continue with contributions and more people to join the watch as it will help them provide an even better service. “Contributions help us sustain the camera project. There is a lot that goes into the project, than just putting it up. It has to be maintained,” he says.

Though PHEW seems to have things under control, Maneveld says it is hard work. “One has to give up their time to ensure that the watch runs properly. Before we asked for the money, we first put in the work and people had to see the results before buying into the product.

“It worked, we showed the residents why we asked for the money. We now feel safer and knowing that there are cameras makes it even better,” he says.

He adds that the cameras will also help should anyone fall victim to crime in the area. “They will go a long way in solving crime quick because they will be operating throughout. It also sends out a message to the elements that, don’t go in there or else you will be caught,” he says.

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