Security layers beefed up

2017-10-17 06:00
Claremont police observed the proceedings of the Harlyn Neighbourhood Watch meeting held at St Stephens Church on Tuesday. PHOTO: Nomzamo yuku

Claremont police observed the proceedings of the Harlyn Neighbourhood Watch meeting held at St Stephens Church on Tuesday. PHOTO: Nomzamo yuku

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Members of the Harlyn Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) plan to tighten security in Harfield and Lynfrae before the beginning of the festive season.

This was announced at the Greater Lynfrae Civic Association meeting held at St Stephens Church in Claremont on Tuesday evening.

The meeting focused on how to improve safety and security in the area. It was emphasised that it was every resident’s duty to make sure that they had all the important components of safety, including a dog, light, alarm and camera.

NHW chairperson Derreck Bluck said at the meeting: “The more layers of security you have, the safer you are.”

He said they wanted to plan in advance because they had noticed that many housebreakings and robberies took place around the festive holidays. They wanted to be ready when the criminals start striking.

He said for the past few years the NBW had been working on improving security in the area and the results were positive though there would be a few unfortunate ­incidents.

He said more people were joining the established patrol teams and they encouraged residents to register with the organisation to make it easy to keep records of who belonged to the community.

Hallam Ford of the NBW explained a proposal for licence plate recognition and camera surveillance in the area, saying it would help make it easy to identify a criminal and provide evidence for the justice system, as well as prevent crime. He said the system would help communities take charge of their own safety and make the information accessible amongst the registered members through online communication. He said criminals were moving freely in the area with the law mostly on their side because of a lack of evidence. For this project to be a success a camera committee would have to be appointed and an estimated initial payment of between R750 and R1000 would be required from each household.

Kerry Buchan, a resident, introduced her home invasions workshop. The workshop that will be taking place in November will focus on strategies to prevent home invasions, and how to manage a break-in if it happens. She also mentioned a dog as the top of the safety priority list, followed by an electric fence and correct times to switch the alarm on and off in the mornings and evenings. She said thugs knew the right time to strike during the day.

Tara Wells, another resident, said the meeting was very empowering and the proposed security system was innovative and had the potential of lowering criminal activities in the area.

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