Locals should be safety savvy

2018-10-02 06:00

The Simon’s Town Community Policing Forum (CPF) is appealing to local citizens to take more responsibility for their own safety and security.

This came to light at the recent CPF public meeting held in the newly renovated Simon’s Town Hall, when representatives reported that crime is on the increase and the police are under-resourced.

The community was also asked to participate actively in their neighbourhood watch groups and to work closely with the security service providers and the police.

Another discussion point was around the approach to street people.

Residents were encouraged to give to charities that help the homeless, like Happy Valley, rather than giving hand-outs of food and clothing which are said to just perpetuate the problem rather than solve it.

Locals were also encouraged to advise tourists of this approach to recruit their support.

Shops in the are will be acting as collection points for donations in an approach to solving the homelessness problem.

An appeal was made not to throw out the boxes from new televisions and computers, but rather take them to the dump that is now open and functioning well.

Everyone should be aware and look after themselves as well as their neighbours.

If you employ staff and casuals at your house, get all their identification information at the outset.

When drawing money at an ATM be cautious and don’t flash cash about.

Students and others were advised to carry computers in rucksacks or casual bags and not in computer bags as the latter is a dead giveaway.

The locals were also asked to be proactive with the safety and security of their suburb, by getting involved.

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