Har-Lyn tightens security

2019-03-05 06:01
From left are Albert Brand, Nick Roberts, Tomislav Milakovic, Ryan McMillan, Martin Ten Brink, Derek Bluck (Har-Lyn Neighbourhood Watch) and seated are Cyril Dickson and Christopher Salmons at the newly launched Community Control hub.

From left are Albert Brand, Nick Roberts, Tomislav Milakovic, Ryan McMillan, Martin Ten Brink, Derek Bluck (Har-Lyn Neighbourhood Watch) and seated are Cyril Dickson and Christopher Salmons at the newly launched Community Control hub.

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A project that has been in the pipeline for over a year has become a reality as a new community control hub was launched on Friday 1 March.

The hub is a joint initiative between the Har-Lyn Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) and Fidelity ADT security company.

The NHW is made up of two Claremont communities, Hartfield Village and Lynfrae, in line with the 2017 proposal tabled at the annual meeting of the Greater Lynfrae Civic Association (“Security layers beefed up”, People’s Post, 17 October).

In the meeting it was said that the then proposed advancement of the security system would help monitor the movement of criminals within the sector one and sector four and help law enforcement to nail them.

Yet the partnership has invested into the expansion of a License Plate Recognition (LPR) Camera network and Community control hub free of charge to demonstrate its commitment to the community. According to a statement these resources cover the operational footprint of the HNW, parts of Claremont, Newlands and Kenilworth, where the security company has reportedly already installed additional cameras, free of charge.

“We have built a strong relationship with the extended area and the Har-Lyn Watch over the years, supporting them both financially and with resources and infrastructure and we look forward to now taking it to the next level,” explains Martin ten Brink, regional community development manager at Fidelity ADT.

He says the hub will monitor the new Licence Plate Recognition (LPR) cameras deployed across the Har-Lyn Watch operational footprint, Claremont and Newlands, as well as the radio network used by local neighbourhood watch members.

“The strength of the hub lies in its ability to monitor and coordinate response to any security issue raised by residents or neighbourhood watch patrollers, through our dedicated telephone line,” says Ten Brink.

Chairperson of the Har-Lyn Neighbourhood Watch, Derek Bluck, welcomed the deployment of the new LPR cameras and the establishment of the community hub.

In a statement he says the NHW is excited about the launch of the “long-awaited Hub.”

“This is the next step for us to become an even more effective organisation in combating crime in our area,” he says.

Claremont Police Station commander Colonel Maree Louw said in a statement that many of the crimes are committed by using vehicles.

He added that the cameras will assist in identifying potential criminals and vehicles used in previous crimes.

“We as SAPS cannot fight crime alone, and we are thankful for all the help we get from the community, especially the Har-Lyn Neighbourhood Watch and our other partners such as Fidelity ADT and other security companies in the area,” she says.

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