Man lives to fight crime

2016-12-13 06:01

Sleep is a luxury for Salim Vallie.

The 26-year-old from Rylands gets up each day to work at his family’s business in Maitland before he performs his duties for Habibia Neighbourhood Watch in the evening.

“I started last year. A friend actually started it. We used to play cricket in the area and we decided to make a change in the area, because it was really starting to get bad. Then we patrolled every night in the last one and a half years and then helped the other neighbourhood watches out,” he says.

Vallie has also created youth programmes for children living with single parents.

Vallie was awarded the Partnership award at the annual Neighbourhood Watch Awards recently.

“The award really means a lot to me and I never expected it. For people to actually see what you are doing and actually appreciate the things you do really mean a lot,” he says.

He says although he won the award, it does not mean that he is more deserving, because he feels that all involved in neighbourhood watch structures have the same goal – to eliminate crime in their areas.

“We just have to keep on with what we are doing, working hard. The award shows that hard work pays off, because the area that we do cover has had a drop in crime. The most common crimes we get are theft out of cars. It used to be house break-ins. Before we started, it used to happen on a weekly basis.

“People must join their neighbourhood watches, because it really helps and the work really pays off at the end of the day,” says Vallie.

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