Safety boost for volunteers

2019-11-26 06:01
Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith hands over reflective bibs to neighbourhood watch members. PHOTOS: Washiela Harris

Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith hands over reflective bibs to neighbourhood watch members. PHOTOS: Washiela Harris

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As part of routine checks and visits, Mayco member for safety and security, JP Smith visited three neighbourhood watch volunteer groups in Tafelsig for a combined patrol recently.

Smith conducted the patrol on Tuesday 12 November from 19:00 to 22:00 with volunteers of the Tafelsig East, Tafelsig West and Hyde Park neighbourhood watch (NHW) groups.

The groups met at the Thusong Centre in Kilimanjaro Street where Smith handed out equipment to the volunteers.

“I regularly conduct walkabouts with neighbourhood watch organisations across the metropole, to engage with the members one-on-one about the challenges particular to their areas, but also to learn more about methods or initiatives that they might have implemented that could be of use to others, and just in a show of solidarity with the very good work that NHWs continue to do across many parts of the metropole. This particular patrol was done in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies,” says Smith to People’s Post.

Smith handed over 14 torches to the value of R5 670 and 33 reflective vests to the value of R1 400.

“A container that belongs to the City of Cape Town, situated at the corners of Langeberg Avenue and Picketberg Street will also be sponsored to the accredited neighbourhood watches in that space to use as a base station or headquarters,” says Smith.

Of the three volunteer groups, between 40 and 50 members benefited from the initiative. “Neighbourhood watch organisations are important stakeholders in the fight against crime,” says Smith.

“It is, therefore, important that they are supported and recognised for the good work that they do. The City’s safety and security directorate supports accredited NHWs through a number of initiatives with equipment, training, awards etcetera.

“To ensure a ‘whole of society’ approach to crime prevention, it is important that neighbourhood watches have an active role, and are supported.”

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