HILTON resident Kelly Hodgkins has taken a step to fight crime in her community by starting an online petition for lights to be replaced and repaired in Hilton, which have haven’t been working for the past few months.
After a spate of robberies in Hilton, of which Hodgkins and her mother were victims, a community meeting was held last week to address various concerns and plan a way forward.
“As part of the information shared regarding the increase in crime levels in Hilton and possible factors, the lack of street lighting was raised by several key stakeholders.
“The street light outside our home has been out since July and, having driven around Hilton after the meeting, I observed most of the streets lights in Hilton gardens and Hilton central aren’t working.
“Lighting is well recognised as a basic building block in crime prevention,” she said.
Hodgkins said she thought an online petition with signatures from the community would stand a good chance of being addressed by the municipality.
She started the Avaaz-driven petition on Saturday, 4 February, hoping for 100 signatures. Within a couple of hours of sharing it via WhatsApp groups and Facebook she reached and doubled her target. She has since submitted the petition to the municipality with 200 signatures.
“This paid-for service seems the easiest and most obvious of the several suggestions made at the meeting. We don’t expect it to stop all crime, but hope it will make the jobs of those who are working to prevent crime and capture criminals easier and safer,” said Hodgkins.