‘Residents need to be alert’

2016-04-26 06:00
The Belthorn Neighbourhood Watch held a walkabout in the area Saturday to highlight crime awareness.  PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

The Belthorn Neighbourhood Watch held a walkabout in the area Saturday to highlight crime awareness. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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Foot patrols in their area, to increase visibility and crime are high on the agenda of the Belthorn Neighbourhood Watch.

The crime fighters went out in their numbers despite threats of bad weather as they raised awareness in their community regarding crime and crime trends.

Neighbourhood watch chairperson Basil Arendse says the primary objective of the walk about held on Saturday (23 April) afternoon was to raise awareness.

“Due to crime statistics in the area not being too high, we feel our residents are blasé about crime. But this should not be the case and we want our residents to get out of that comfort zone,” he says.

Arendse says with winter looming, they predict crime will possibly spike in the area.

“We do know of a few hotspots in the area and they are being targeted. However, we need all our residents to be alert and aware of this,” he says.

Arendse adds through the walkabout they also wanted to encourage camaraderie in the community.

“We can gladly say that at least there was representation from each street during the walk about. But we need more to come on board. We want to increase the numbers in our neighbourhood watch and for people to be added to our crime watch chats via Whatsapp,” he says.

Arendse confirms there are currently 18 neighbourhood watch members and 12 active patrollers who religiously do foot patrols three times a week.

“These numbers should grow and we want it to grow. We are looking at splitting our neighbourhood watch into groups so that the patrols can be done on a cycle where each group is required to go out at least once a week,” he says.

The walk about did not come without disappointment, Arendse explains.

“We invited various roleplayers to show our partnership and willingness to work together but this did not materialise. We invited a security group which is active in our area, the police, metro police as well as our ward councillor. We hope in our next march this will be different,” Arendse says.

He adds Belthorn Neighbourhood Watch intends doing more of the crime walk abouts and has encouraged residents to get involved in a bid to curb crime in their area.

V If you would like more information on how to get involved with Belthorn Neighbourhood Watch, contact Basil Arendse on 073 664 0479 or Michael Abrahams on 082 661 4940.

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