Watch keeps local worshippers safe

2016-07-05 06:00
Some members of the Maitland Neighbourhood Watch who care about worshippers praying in peace at the mosque in Coronation Road. They are, from left, Jerome Worship, Rumesh Fukeera, Pauline Petersen, Graham Daniels and Solly Safodien. PHOTO: gary van dyk

Some members of the Maitland Neighbourhood Watch who care about worshippers praying in peace at the mosque in Coronation Road. They are, from left, Jerome Worship, Rumesh Fukeera, Pauline Petersen, Graham Daniels and Solly Safodien. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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During the holy month of Ramadan the interfaith fellowship of the community in Maitland is creating a safer situation for those attending evening prayers at the local mosque.

In previous years opportunistic criminals targeted the cars of worshippers.

There were a range of crimes reported, including theft out of the vehicles as well as the theft of some cars.

This year they are being thwarted by a dedicated group from the Maitland Neighbourhood Watch who have decided that they want worshippers to pray in peace knowing their cars were safe.

Graham Daniels is one of a group from the watch who was on duty at the mosque in Coronation Road last week.

He says they were happy to be helping out in this way.

“There used to be a major problem here in the past,” he says. “Criminals used to take advantage of the situation and the worshippers were always worried about the safety of their cars. Now they can pray in peace during this very holy time of the year for them. We don’t mind the cold because this is how a community cares for each other.”

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