Residents urged to join block watch in keeping streets safe

2017-10-17 06:01
Some of the block watch members with their jackets spondored by Remax.

Some of the block watch members with their jackets spondored by Remax.

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Bayview Neighbourhood Watch, lead by a group of committed volunteers, has been continuously patrolling the streets of Bayview and as a result of their dedication have been sponsored with reflector jackets by
­Remax.

The volunteer patrol members expressed that the sponsorship was highly appreciated and hoped that more businesses would give back to the community by supporting the safety structures and assisting them with various much needed equipment such as torches and radios.

The informal settlements block watch also received sponsorship from HOSA who saw the need for reflective gear.

Maggie Kampher from the Strandfontein Community Policing Forum (CPF) welcomed the assistance and also urged more residents from the informal settlement to join the safety structure.

Faheemah Francis from Strandfontein CPF, echoed the sentiments from they Bayview Neighbourhood Watch in requesting the community to come on board and assist Bayview with patrols.

The Strandfontein safety structures have been working non stop, around the clock with patrols, from early morning bus stop patrols to midnight patrols throughout the night, tirelessly sacrificing their time to keep Strandfontein safe.

Sandy Schuter, Chairperson of the Strandfontein CPF said that more residents are needed to assist in ensuring a safer community. “We have had a series of house break ins and the comments from the community are always ‘Where was the neighbourhood watch or why were you people not here?’ Volunteers are not getting paid to do this,” says Schuter.

The CPF called all block captains to a meeting to strengthen their partnership and map a way forward for safety in ­Strandfontein.

“In the meeting Charlene Morris expressed that the success in San Remo is because the team is committed and passionate and the different block captain’s addressed their challenges with the CPF and also shared best practices within the various block watches so that we can learn and grow together as a unit,” says Schuter.

The meeting was attended by block captains from Pointer Patrol, Wavecrest Block Watch, Anker Block Watch and others.

“We want the block watches to grow, until we have every corner of Strandfontein covered but we need the help of the community to make this possible,” she says.

For the past two weekends, the safety structures held joint mass patrols with Law Enforcement auxiliary officers, resulting in a decrease in negative activities on the streets.

“We have seen the decline in crime in our community, even though we still have some crime being committed but we cannot be everywhere all at once,” says Schuter.

“The block watches are led by strong individuals with dedicated patrol team members and this is what we as a community need. There are various block watches which make it so much easier for residents to join and just patrol within the block they live, so there’s no excuse not to join.”

V To join the safety group closest to you, email strandfonteincpf­@­gmail.com or call 071 947 8294.

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