2017-11-21 06:01

Warrant Officer Derek van der Merwe of Mowbray Police Station says the whistle campaign is a good initiative to fight crime in suburbs.

He says police will work closely with the GSCID and continue raising safety awareness and fighting crime.

He say this is not the first time that whistles have been used in this area as they were first introduced by the neighbourhood watch.

“It yielded positive results. We had fewer robbery and property break-in incidents, hence we fully support this initiative.

“The police have also started gearing up for the festive season and, with partnerships and awareness, we have hope that there will be minimal attacks,” says Van der Merwe.

He warns residents to be vigilant at all times, avoid keeping their valuables visible to criminals and only carry what is ­necessary.

He also warns about cars that are involved in robberies and ­kidnappings.

“It is a new trend. It’s quick, they grab and go. By the time you start realising what is going on, they are gone. Be careful of cars pulling over next to you. If you are not comfortable, quickly call for help. We have police patrolling around and they are quick to respond,” he says.

Ward 57 councillor Paddy Chapple commends the initiative, saying the community has seen the use of whistles succeeding in reducing crime in Mowbray and Observatory before.

He says: “If you hear a whistle, go and find out. If you are in trouble, blow it loud. We can fight crime if we all work together.”V Residents of Rondebosch, Mowbray and Observatory can call 086 009 4425 in an emergency.


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