2018-06-26 06:00
Safety volunteers joined a mass screening drive held at the community hall in a bid to strengthen Mandalay safety structures. PHOTO: Samantha lee

Safety volunteers joined a mass screening drive held at the community hall in a bid to strengthen Mandalay safety structures. PHOTO: Samantha lee

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In a show of unity and concern, local safety volunteers have come together to strengthen their forums.

The Mandalay street committees and neighbourhood watch in conjunction with the newly elected Lentegeur Community Policing Forum (CPF) executive and local police, held a mass screening, registration and recruitment drive to assist in growing the safety structures.

On Saturday from 10:00 to 14:00, police assisted the executives of the various forums in screening and registering new and existing safety volunteers with a mobile unit based at the Mandalay Community Hall.

Anthea van der Vent, Lentegeur CPF spokesperson, says the drive focussed on only Mandalay but confirms it is an ongoing initiative.

“We want to get more Mandalay residents involved with the neighbourhood watch and street committees while also bringing about crime awareness in the area. At the moment there are very few volunteers registered on the structures but that is why this event was initiated, to help strengthen the structures.”

And with crime on a steady increase in the area, Nizaam Salaam, neighbourhood watch chairperson and Ian Jooste, deputy chairperson of the CPF Subforum, say it comes at the perfect time with crime providing a serious challenge to the community­.

“We have mainly trio crimes in Mandalay. Lots of carjackings, house break-ins and robberies,” says Jooste.

“We must take a stand because crime is really getting out of hand. There are at least 10 crimes per week and the area is not that big.”

Because of a lack of resources, the watch members rely on the use of social media to get the word out, but this is the perfect tool to get more people involved in crime-fighting, Salaam and Jooste believe­.

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