Despite only being established in July, the Mountainview Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) in Grassy Park has already contributed to a definite decrease in petty crime in the area. Patrollers with flashing light bars and Mountainview NHW decals on their car doors can be seen cruising the streets in the dead of night, every night, says watch representative Bradley Ruiters.“The NHW has installed high-definition CCTV cameras viewing Botterblom Avenue, and will soon be installing additional camera points in First and Second avenues and Mosque Road. These cameras are linked to NHW members’ smart phones and laptop computers, so they can track suspicious people and incidents that require immediate attention,” he says.He says more cameras will be installed soon. The watch patrols Klip Road from the mosque to the League of Friends of the Blind and First Avenue up to Second Avenue, then toward Bona Café and the smaller streets in between. “Another pet project that we want to get off the ground is a complimentary wireless nurse call system covering our neighbourhood watch area. There are many elderly residents in our area who live alone or are alone during the day. It is really in our culture to do whatever we can to ensure our seniors feel safe and appreciated,” says Ruiters.The watch members say they intend to raise funds for the project from businesses in the area and call on residents to support them in keeping the area safe. V For more information contact Bradley Ruiters on 061 404 0781.