Crime numbers down, say CPF

2018-01-30 06:00

The Maitland Community Policing Forum is calling for greater intervention from the public to help fight crime and other social ills in the community.

The call was made at the annual CPF meeting held at Imam Haroon Hall on Thursday 25 January.

Chairperson Charnel Southgate says that although police reports and their own observations show that the number of reported incidents has dropped compared to the previous year, the reality is that there is more that needs to be done.

She says that in terms of numbers, things have improved and they applaud the support the community gets from the police, but it has been discovered that some incidents do not get recorded. She says that in order to win the fight against crime in the community, they need to keep accurate records. She advises that anyone who is a victim or witness to a crime must report it and make sure the matter is followed up.

“We need the community to stand together, unite and claim back their space. Together we can stop crime and make our community a safer place. People must stop closing cases once they have forgiven their perpetrators. In order for us to win this battle, anyone breaking the law must be prosecuted,” says Southgate.

She says that the meeting emphasised the need for intervention in preventing traffic congestion. She says the factors resulting in congestion include trucks that illegally use small streets as short cuts, taxis stopping in the middle of the road and motorists parking wherever they please, blocking entrances to businesses and other nearby streets.

She also says there is still a need for major intervention in fighting drugs and substance abuse. She says this is a long-term battle that needs all stakeholders to get ­involved.

“There is even a gentleman who goes around monitoring his area and then informing the police about any suspicious activities. It seems to be working and we will continue encouraging people to do the same. We believe that drugs and substance abuse result in an increase in criminal elements. We take it seriously.”

She says that due to the positive impact the CPF had in the previous year, they do not plan to make any significant changes and will only increase their visibility and community engagements.

Maitland station commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Sizwe Mpindwa, confirms that there is success in fighting crime in Maitland, saying that since the station received officers from the National Intervention Unit (NIU) to assist, more arrests have been made and fewer incidents reported. He says the success was made possible through the partnership with the CPF.

“When things got bad we reintroduced the Crime Prevention Unit, which works closed with NIU officers and the CPF. We agree that with community involvement we can achieve more,” Mpindwa says.

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