The Lansdowne Police Station in conjunction with the local community policing forum (CPF) held an imbizo at Christel House in Ottery on Wednesday night (27 June). The public gathering was attended by more than 300 locals from Lansdowne, Ottery and surrounding areas.Rafique Foflonker, chairperson of the Lansdowne CPF, said the imbizo gave locals the chance to hold the CPF accountable for service delivery; to raise issues they felt were of importance and to learn about crime in their neighbourhood.The programme included a visual story of some of the projects and activities embarked on by the police and the CPF, in conjunction with other local organisations, over the last year.“The community of Lansdowne has seen positive growth in the partnership with Lansdowne police, and overall crime has trended down year over year for the last two calendar years,” explains Foflonker.“The CPF chairperson is of the opinion that the Lansdowne policing precinct is well served by police and we compliment Colonel Shawn van Wyk on his events in his first four months here at Lansdowne.”Van Wyk, who is the current station commander, was among several guest speakers to address the crowd on the day. Locals voiced their concern on issues which continue to affect the community and shared ideas and suggestions with the policing precinct for improvement. More media coverage and police visibility in certain parts of the community were among the requests. “The community also requested additional visibility in Lansdowne Sector 1 where the highest crime is committed. This sector is marked by an absence of two neighbourhood watches in Lansdowne and Turfhall Park areas.”A resident from Lansdowne who attended the imbizo says the community needs to continue to work hand in hand with the necessary groups to eliminate negative activity in the area.“I must commend the police, CPF and other groups who are doing their best to prevent crime in our area, but there are still many more issues affecting our community daily, and our parents need to step in here,” says Warda Thomas.“Our children are the ones who are being affected the most and if our parents don’t step in to seek the necessary assistance to protect them, we will be sitting with more major issues.”She urged residents to stand together.“We need our residents, especially the unemployed mothers and fathers, to start support groups looking at tackling crime, especially substance abuse, and to look at ways to assist the police during the day and night.“A lot of our residents are taking from their family time and risking their lives by joining neighbourhood watches in their area. If we can have more patrol groups, we can avoid illegal activity in other parts of our community where it is absent.” Rylands, Mountview, Penlyn, Belthorn, Rustdale, Glen View, Crawford, Lansdowne, Nerissa, Eden Klein, Buckingham, Yorkshire, Turfhall Estate, Ottery, Wetton, Kenwyn, and Rondebosch East are all areas covered by the Lansdowne policing precinct.Foflonker thanked the public, police, CPF, neighbourhood watches, civic organisations, councillors and all safety and security role-players for their hard work and dedication to these communities.