Help police beat crime

2018-07-03 06:00
Sergeant Zita Norman, head of communication’s for Athlone Police Station.PHOTO: aishah cassiem

Sergeant Zita Norman, head of communication’s for Athlone Police Station.PHOTO: aishah cassiem

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Officials from Athlone Police Station, located in Klipfontein Road, are calling on the public to continue working hand in hand with them for the betterment of the community.

Sergeant Zita Norman, head of communication for the station, says several programmes are set out for the community within the next few weeks, and the public are requested to join.

“We are hosting several programmes in our most problematic areas, which include Kewtown and Bokmakierie, to help keep children off the streets during the school holidays,” explains Norman.

“Some of the programmes include feeding schemes done by Athlone police and educational programmes. With this we are calling on the public to join our men and women in blue by lending a hand to benefit those in need.

“We have partnered with several organisations and religious groups in the area, who are having upcoming events to assist them with sharing much needed safety tips of all kinds to benefit both young and old.”

Norman says despite providing several programmes to the public, a number of issues continue to be a concern for her team.

“The bin story needs to be addressed again. Many people are coming to the station to report their bins have been stolen. With holiday being on, a lot of us are leaving for work early. Why not pay your child or a neighbour to take your bin out a bit later to avoid it being stolen?

“There are also potential [thieves] in people who scratch in our bins to take our plastics and usable items. They may be opportunists who see what else is lying around on our property. They often break in to take bikes from the premises.

Residents also need to be vigilant when attending mosque or church, and need to check that their vehicles are locked.

“Also ensure that all your valuables are left at home or taken with you and out of sight for potential criminals,” she says.

“We cover all types of communities and crime occurs in all of them. I am strongly for the partnership of neighbourhood watches in protecting our communities. Many of these volunteers are risking their lives to do what the men in blue are doing.

“Police officers are on duty all the time, and we are doing our outmost best, but we can’t report everywhere at the same time. The community needs to jump in to be our extra eyes and ears, and needs to continue reporting suspicious behaviour to beat the system of crime and to create a better environment­.”

Athlone Police Station is currently seeking volunteers to come on board for their victim support group to assist in offering support to survivors of all types of crime.

V For more information call Athlone Police Station on 021 697 9214.

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