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Boost for crime fighters

Crime fighters in Kuils River received a welcome communications boost this week. Thanks to a donation from a local private security company, they will now be able to more effectively communicate with other law enforcement partners across the city.

Fidelity ADT handed over a new two-way radio plus eight new radio batteries to local police and neighbourhood watches. The batteries will be used for the radios used between the police and the various local neighbourhood watches, while the new radio will be used to link up with City Law Enforcement officers.

“The northern suburbs of Cape Town already have a well-established communications network, namely the Durbanville/Kuils River Camera Initiative. It in essence connects police, neighbourhood watches and private security companies across the north and enables them to share information quickly and effectively.

“This network also relies heavily on strategically placed licence plate recognition cameras. We hope the donation will help to strengthen communication abilities in the area,” says Verena Hulme, district manager for Cape Town North for Fidelity ADT.

The support of local community groups in crime fighting efforts is vital, says Sergeant Maria Compion, sector 3 commander at Kuils River police. “We need this type of interaction between security companies, community watches and the police. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to do the work we need to do to keep people safe.”

Two local community watch groups also used the handover event to once again urge the public to join. “We work very closely with the police and with private security companies; we are their eyes and ears. Our hard work and long hours are for the best interest of our community as a whole,” says Johan Badenhorst, vice-chairperson of the Amandel and Surrounds Crime Watch.

This sentiment is echoed by the Langverwacht and Surrounds Safety Watch. Their chairperson, Jeanne de Villiers, adds that if more people became active participants in their own safety, one would see a positive difference in the overall safety situation.

The Langverwacht and Surrounds Safety Watch footprint is north of Polkadraai Road, east of Van Riebeeck Road up to Langverwacht Road, everything on the right-hand side of Langverwacht Road and everything on the west side of Zevenwacht Link Road; then also Jakarandas between Langverwacht and Helderrant roads and also the farm areas and security estates west of Zevenwacht Link Road. Their residential areas are Jagtershof, St Dumas, Silveroaks, Jakarandas and farm areas, including security estates.

Contact them by email to info@lssw.co.za or visit their website at www.lssw.co.za.

The Amandel and Surrounds Crime Watch footprint is enclosed within the Bottelary River Greenbelt in the north, the eastern side of Van Riebeek Road and part of the CBD up to Langverwacht Road in the west, up the left-hand side of Langverwacht Road up to Neethlingshof Street, Grundheim Street in the east, Haasendal extension bordering the nature reserve and down Saxdown Road up to the river’s bridge. Contact them by email to chair@ascw.co.za or visit their website at www.ascw.co.za.

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