Unity in the fight against crime

2017-11-02 06:00
A mass ride totalling 44km through the streets of Uitenhage was held last Saturday to show unity in the fight against crime. Photo:heilie combrinck

A mass ride totalling 44km through the streets of Uitenhage was held last Saturday to show unity in the fight against crime. Photo:heilie combrinck

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A mass ride totalling 44km through the streets of Uitenhage, with the aim to show unity in the fight against crime, was supported by various major role players in the safety and security sector.

“The reception was phenomenal. It was absolutely heartwarming to see the public’s support,” said Pat Unsworth, chairperson of the Uitenhage Community Policing Forum.

The mass ride was the initiative of the Uitenhage CPF, sector patrollers and Strelitzia Park Neighbourhood Watch. They were joined by the local police, traffic department, emergency services, fire brigade, private security companies and the motorcycle fraternity.

“We need, as a community to stand up against what is wrong. Criminals should know they are not welcome in our communities,” said Unsworth.

“The mass ride is a show of strength in numbers with the aim to encourage communities to mobilize themselves.

“Festive season is upon us and we all, every resident, should be more observant, vigilant and prepared not to become a victim of crime,” said Unsworth.

The more residents get involved in their own areas through joining a neighbourhood watch or the community policing forum the better.

Residents are the eyes and ears of where they live. It is now, like never before, time to stand together against what is wrong in our communities.

It is very important for residents to report any suspicious activities or vehicles to their nearest police station.

The Head of visible policing at SAPS Uitenhage, Colonel André Swart said, “As a joint-force we will be taking a firm stance against crime and improper behaviour.

“The purpose of this motorcade is to showcase our reinvigorated approach to lawlessness”.

The mass ride started in Van Riebeek- hoogte and continued through most of town. It took approximately two hours.

  • Members of the public with information about criminal activities are advised to contact Crime Stop 08600 10111 or SMS Crime Line on 32211 or go online at www.crimeline.co.za.

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