Safety watch relaunches

2017-07-11 06:02
Mountview neighbourhood watch chairperson Lynn Dreyer and secretary Lolita Vincent.

Mountview neighbourhood watch chairperson Lynn Dreyer and secretary Lolita Vincent.

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Residents of Grassy Park are on their feet to ensure a safe and secure environment for all. Residents packed the League of the Friends of the Blind (Lofob) premises on Sunday 2 July for the relaunch of the Mountview Neighbourhood Watch (NHW).

Nineteen residents attended the founding meeting and adopted the new constitution. On the committee are Lynn Dreyer as chairperson, Salvadore Christians as deputy chairperson, Max Adriaanse as treasurer and Lolita Vincent as secretary.

Bradley Ruiters, Riaz Allie and Hasie Ishmail are the co-opted members. The election of office bearers was facilitated by Philip Bam, a well-known community leader.

“Our community needs to stand together to bring about change. This is a step in the right direction and we are fully supportive of this initiative,” said resident Salma Adams. “With the new NHW on patrol, we have already seen a decrease in house break-ins and late-night wanderers in our area.”

The NHW is in the process of being registered with the Grassy Park Community Policing Forum (CPF) and provincial government, said Dreyer.

“It is important for us to register in order to receive support from the NHW networks. We will surely be guided by the CPF and assist the police by reporting crime and crime tendencies in our area.

“We have been keeping ourselves visible during the day and night for the last few months, and residents have all reported a decrease in people wandering about in the dark. This is accompanied by a definite decrease in attempted break-ins.

“House break-ins, theft out of cars, robbing people going to work early mornings and drug abuse are only a few of the many challenges facing the Grassy Park ­community.”

Dreyer stressed the need for more volunteers and much-needed funds.

“We are calling on local businesses in our community to donate towards various items. This includes night watch equipment, fuel for vehicles, reflective jackets and general administration cost. We also need more patrollers, people who can keep an eye out for anything or anyone suspicious.

At the moment our women are heading the team on patrol. We look forward to welcoming more men to our group. This will surely help in building a stronger neighbourhood watch,” she added.

The watch’s borders are Victoria Road from Klip Road to Second Avenue, down to First Road. They join other Grassy Park NHWs like the Diaz, Goolhurst, Greenlight and New Horizons NHW in keeping an eye on their streets.

V For more information on the Mountview Neighbourhood Watch contact Lynn Dreyer on 082 099 1103 or Salvadore Christians on 082 414 6383.

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