The Mowbray Community Policing Forum (CPF) is confident that they are on the right track to defeating crime within their precinct. This was announced at the CPF’s annual meeting held on Monday 12 November at St George’s Grammar School.CPF chairperson, Jonathan Hobday, said the trend in most categories is downward and “we have been enjoying a remarkably quiet spell for the last few months”.“Of course, we need to guard against complacency,” he added.He said they are grateful to the local police for the remarkable job they do in very challenging circumstances to combat crime. He says they have over the years built solid relations with the Mowbray Police Station which he says operates under extremely difficult circumstances. “Mowbray SAPS have kept things together in spite of the difficulties. This is especially so because, as I have been warning every year for most of the last decade, the thin blue line of policing is stretched exceedingly thin. It must be noted, however, that our police could not hold the line without significant assistance from various other instances, and this community has been vigorous and innovative in taking initiatives to assist in combating crime.“The fact is that, because of staff constraints, sector policing is simply not operating optimally in our precinct and this seriously diminishes visible policing as well as police reaction times. We remain very vulnerable and there seems little prospect of noteworthy improvements in police numbers in the short term.”He also commended the role played by Lower Mowbray Rosebank Improvement District (LMRID) and the Groote Schuur Community Improvement District. “I must make special mention of the efforts of our ward councillor, Paddy Chapple, who has given close attention to security matters in his ward and has been a leader in promoting technological advances, such as CCTV cameras, radio networks and electronic communications. Not least of our security assets has been the role played by active NHWs, which includes patrols in some areas and an effective network of communications via such systems as WhatsApp.”Marc Gammon of the LMRID was a guest speaker and he explained how the CCTV camera network will work to improve safety in the precinct. The network can monitor up to 70 cameras.