New members for watch

2017-08-01 06:01
The special response team is always ready for action and keeping the valley safe.    PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

The special response team is always ready for action and keeping the valley safe. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Nova Constantia has joined Constantia Watch and the residents are excited to be part of a bigger and professionally run team.

Nova Constantia residents say they are over the moon to be part of Constantia Watch as they have seen how team work is working in their adjoining areas and how a well-run neighbourhood watch yields results and keeps the crime rate low.

The residents will benefit enormously, Susan Caine, office administrator of Constantia Watch, says.

“It’s a logical merge. They are right on our border and it just makes sense to work together. They have been struggling a little bit with no new blood in the team but coming over to join Constantia Watch will take a lot of things off their shoulders. We have a dedicated administration person, they will get professional people and resources and benefit from the volunteers from our watch,” she says.

Caine emphasises that Nova Constantia is not being dissolved but working together with Constantia Watch to help fight crime.

“Residents must still make their contributions to Nova Constantia. They will get updates on their website, safety tips and information on workshops on their website. Those who become financial contributors get a special sign board, preferential treatment and they will have the special response team at their doorstep in minutes. These are professional people who know how the law works and it’s a huge benefit for the residents.”

Trevor Vroom, chairperson of Nova Watch, says they were doing well on crime in the area, but when crime went down people who were volunteering didn’t see the need and excitement to patrol anymore.

“Crime went down and people sort of lost interest. There were no patrollers. The website was not really functioning as it should be. The committee was aging as well and it was a beneficial opportunity to join Constantia Watch.

“Whilst on the other side we were taking a back seat and things slowing down for us, Constantia Watch became professional and had a stronger team, had cameras and they know what they are doing. It was a good opportunity for us to join them. We are only starting and we are positive that this is a good move.”

“For now I can only see the ups and not the downs and residents are excited to be part of a bigger and professional, well-run team,” Vroom says.

Constantia Watch is proud that over the years they have managed to drop crime in their area significantly, Caine says.

“We have had success due to the team work and the partnerships that we have formed between ourselves, police officers and other roleplayers.

“In 2012 there was a 17% chance of a household having an incident. However, now there is only a 1% chance, which shows the work we have done. Residents are excited about this.”

Constantia Watch has recently added two more vehicles to its fleet to better fight crime in its areas.

“We have new special response team cars and two response teams. This will also benefit the Nova zone with increased safety, increased patrols and faster response to contributing residents. We are in a better position to carry out security measures. The vehicles are always out in the area, making residents feel safe,” says Caine. 

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