‘Drive thru’ to new watch

2016-11-29 06:01
The Cathkin Community Neighbourhood Watch (CCNHW) held its first awareness “drive thru” in the streets of Heideveld on Saturday.

The Cathkin Community Neighbourhood Watch (CCNHW) held its first awareness “drive thru” in the streets of Heideveld on Saturday.

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The Cathkin Community Neighbourhood Watch (CCNHW) held its first awareness “drive thru” in Heideveld on Saturday.

The purpose of the ride along was to create awareness in the community of the local NHW and to encourage community members to become involved and join the organisation to combat the escalating frequency of crime in the area lately.

Chairperson Roland Koopman says he was grateful and impressed with the community’s reception to the new organisation.

He says residents were encouraged by the establishment of the CCNHW, especially in the areas where criminal activity is highest.

About 100 people took part in the campaign which included walkers, cyclists and cars. Ward 44 councillor Anthony Moses and a pastor from the area, Vernon Visagie, also participated.

“I feel very excited and enthusiastic about all the neighbourhood watches joining us and some celebrities from the community. We hope to gain more people on the patrols. We invited Moses, Vernon and other community dignitaries,” says Koopman.

Duty is on the roadCurrently, the CCNHW has a membership comprising six men and 13 women.

“The women seem to be more dedicated than the men, but be that as it may, we are doing our duty on the road. We are situated next to the N2 at the new housing development, in between Welcome Estate and Vanguard Estate,” he says.

The CCNHW was assisted by the Vanguard and Welcome Estate Neighbourhood Watch (VWNHW). Saleem Orrie, secretary of the VWNHW, says it has been a challenge to create this kind of awareness in the past as they have found that families stay indoors in the evening while patrols take place through the night.

“The organisations are united in their quest to identify and stop drug houses, illegal dumping and littering in the area, while also educating the community on their role in the prevention of crime,” says Orrie.

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