Meet to help local schools fight crime

2016-03-08 06:00
A procession of police and street committee and neighbourhood watch members hand out pamphlets around Cascade Primary School in Tafelsig. PHOTO: samantha lee

A procession of police and street committee and neighbourhood watch members hand out pamphlets around Cascade Primary School in Tafelsig. PHOTO: samantha lee

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Police, in conjunction with local neighbourhood watches, have launched a pilot project aimed at seeing an increase in crime-fighting visibility around two primary schools.

Yesterday, Mitchell’s Plain police sector commanders and street committee and neighbourhood watch members took to the streets around Cascade and Eastville primary schools, inviting residents to meetings that will be held at the schools this week.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Ian Williams says these schools are hit by many break-ins.

“We are looking at ways to help the schools set up a school safety committee. These are the first two schools and we will see how we can expand the project further,” says Williams.

The procession handed out pamphlets and spoke to residents who were home in the surrounding streets.

The pamphlet reads: “Help to safeguard our schools.

“[These are schools] targeted by criminal elements who, through theft and vandalism, create losses of thousands of rands. This results in children not having desks, broken windows, no water, etc.

“Please report all suspicious persons on school property.”

The first meeting will be held today at Cascade Primary School at 14:30 and the second meeting will be held at Eastville Primary School tomorrow at 14:30.

All parents, neighbours and interested parties are invited to attend.

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