The minister of community safety, Albert Fritz was full of praise for members of the non-profit company, Community Crime Prevention (CCP) Hout Bay, during his visit to the Watchcon emergency control room on Thursday 26 September.Fritz visited the control room’s new premises at 9 Princess Road, Hout Bay, to hand over a check of R9 000 to CCP volunteer Bradley Brown; operations manager, JJ De Villiers and tech manager, Jarryd Scholtz, for their roles in the arrest of suspects in the murder of Ukrainian hiker Ivan Ivanov at East Fort, Chapman’s Peak Drive, in Hout Bay on Saturday 27 July. The first suspect was arrested within 10 minutes of the crime taking place.Fritz said he was actually met with disbelief when he shared this story with visiting dignitaries. “This is such a testament to what can be done when civil society gets involved. The question is how can we replicate this kind of structure in other hotspot areas,” Fritz said.Responding to an alert sent out on Buzzer – a free safety app spearheaded by CCP and the Hout Bay community – De Villiers, Scholtz and Brown responded to the incident and co-ordinated the arrest of the first suspect and handed him over to the police. CCP later received a tip-off that the remaining two suspects were in Hangberg which led to their arrest a few days later.Fritz thanked the CCP members for their efforts and took a moment to recognise the many other volunteers in neighbourhood watches, community policing forums, police and private security companies who gave tirelessly of themselves to keep their communities safe.“In terms of section 29 of the Western Cape Community Safety Act, 2013 (Act 3 of 2013) and in recognition of Meritorious Service in Promoting the Purpose of the Act, the CCP volunteers were awarded,” he said. Visit https://ccphoutbay.co.za/fundraising/ for information on how to get involved.