Passionate about crime fighting

2016-06-28 06:00
Sector commander Constable Ashley Luyt, Strandfontein neighbourhood watch chairperson Evan Pienaar, secretary Fatima Meyer, deputy chairperson Wesley Moses and public relations officer Levan Jacobs.

Sector commander Constable Ashley Luyt, Strandfontein neighbourhood watch chairperson Evan Pienaar, secretary Fatima Meyer, deputy chairperson Wesley Moses and public relations officer Levan Jacobs.

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The Strandfontein Community Policing Forum (CPF) recently held an election for an executive for the local neighbourhood watch.

The newly elected chairperson is Evan Pienaar.

The watch has been in existence for a number of years, with very dedicated and committed volunteers, amidst all the negative comments towards the members by residents who feel they are ineffective and not visible.

“This is strange to Strandfontein police and the CPF, as they always actively participate in patrols together. There is a good communication between the watch and police, which has been strengthened by the CPF,” says CPF chairperson Sandy Schuter-Jacobs. “Many active patrol members broke into their streets to join their street committees as the area, geographically, is large, and to walk from the one end of Dennegeur right into Bayview and San Remo is quite a distance.”

The CPF has engaged with San Remo Block Committee, lead by Charlene Morris and her team.

Schuter-Jacobs says: “I am very proud of the volunteers in San Remo. They are definitely one of the strongest, most active and vibrant block committees. Come rain or shine – they are on the streets.”

She adds the same can be said of “On the Bay” block committee led by volunteer crime fighters.

“Residents in Bayview for a while showed very little interest in strengthening the volunteer safety structures. What we have noticed is the rapid decline in crime in the areas where the street committees are active. With this being said, Strandfontein was due for an election,” says Schuter-Jacobs. “The newly elected team have committed themselves to maintaining the partnership established.

The executive’s first project is to recruit more members.

V Contact the Strandfontein Neighbourhood Watch via Facebook or email strandfontein.watch@gmail.com. Alternatively call Constable Ashly Luyt on 021 370 1501.

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