Watch applauded for good work

2019-04-30 06:01
Southfield Neighbourhood Watch works hard to protect their community, and has been recognised by the City.

Southfield Neighbourhood Watch works hard to protect their community, and has been recognised by the City.

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Pride, for the patrollers and the award, was felt by the Southfield Neighbourhood Watch (SFNW) as they received their Recognition of Service Award from the City of Cape Town.

The watch was founded in the mid 80s with the aim of keeping the community safe.

Over the years they have seen great support from the community and currently boasts about 28 patrollers. “However, in total we have a membership of over 400 that also forms part of the watch,” says the chairperson of SFNW, Ravena Naidoo.

The watch was recently awarded a Recognition of Service Award, which is given to neighbourhood watch groups as an acknowledgement of their commitment to the work of their watch in their community.

“We are very proud to have received this award. It has strengthened our watch to want to do better. It makes one feel good to know that what we do does not go unnoticed,” Naidoo says.

The watch works to serve the community through their activities and efforts, and also to assist law enforcement.

“As SFNW we strive to keep our community safe by going out on regular patrols throughout the day and night. We are the eyes and ears for police and its shareholders within our community.

“We ensure that we are visible in order to deter criminal elements within our community.”

The acceptance of the award has prompted the watch to work even harder to curb crime in the area and keep residents safe.

“This year, to maintain the safety within our community we would like to have more high visibility operations with police and other shareholders within the Diep River Precinct.

“We have been campaigning for the community to become patrollers and not only members of the watch. The more patrollers we have, the more visible we’ll be.”

Her belief, and the sentiment shared by the watch, is that crime is everyone’s responsibility and it is only through collaboration that they will be able to successfully rid the community of the crimes that currently affect it.

“We would like to do community projects where people can meet the patrollers of the watch so they can see who we are and get to know us better. In turn, it will also give us the opportunity to meet more members of the community we protect.”

The watch would like to hold another fundraiser this year, as they felt that last year’s event was successful, based on the fact that it was able to bring the community together.

“We are hoping, from having more fundraisers, we will be able to maintain our equipment and the installation of a camera.

She continued: “We will also be attending more training to ensure that we are better able to assist our community.”

She concluded: “We are currently working closely with our community liaison officer from the City of Cape Town within our area, who has been involving us in various training sessions. All this is to ensure that we better service our community.”


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