Ramsgate CPF fights crime

2016-01-28 06:00

HOUSE break-ins in Ramsgate only increased by one - from 2014 to 2015 - and this year the area’s community policing forum is hoping to see a decline in all criminal activity.

Morné Kruger, Ramsgate Policing Forum (CPF) chairman, said the forum has been in existence for nearly 10 years and more members are welcome.

“We’ve always had the support of Margate SAPS. They have been kind enough to let the forum­ have nine reservists, who patrol the area­,” he said.

The reservists work on a pro bono basis and carry out the same duties as that of a police officer.

Kruger said finance is always a challenge for the forum, even though some members pledge donations.

“We are a non-government and non-profit organisation so we are not allowed to charge membership fees. We are looking at becoming a special ratings area,” he said.

This means that an additional R45 may be added to each residents’ rates bill and will serve as a contribution to the safety of the area.

Other CPFs have implemented this strategy and it has been well received. The amount differs for each area.

“One of the challenges we have is the lack of vehicles. We need more vehicles to patrol when others are being repaired or serviced.”

Kruger added that every resident can do their bit to fight crime by joining the forum, being alert and vigilant and reporting suspicions behaviour.

“Another challenge for us is abandoned houses and overgrown properties. Criminals hide there and wait for an opportunity to commit crime.”

The CPF has started a “Mark your Own” campaign where residents pay R120 for signage with the CPF’s logo, contact details and their lot number.

“This is part of our fund-raising so a pledge of R100 a month also accompanies the initiative.”

CPF’s WhatsApp number is 081 527 7238, the office is 039 314 9400 or 073 486 8683.

The AGM is on 23 February at the Ramsgate Community Centre (old bowling club) at 5.30pm. Residents are encouraged to attend and join the fight against crime.

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