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Residents feel safe with wall

Trinity Place in Clarke Estate has seen a drop in crime since a wall was erected behind the block of flats which is situated alongside 35th Avenue, a known hot spot for smash-and-grab incidents.

The City’s Mayco members Grant Twigg (urban management), together with JP Smith (safety and security) and subcouncil chairperson, Chris Jordaan went on a site inspection in the area last week to get first-hand experience of the security walls that have been installed at community residential units (CRUs).

This project was actioned following the community’s request to curtail the thoroughfare of opportunistic criminals via walkways also referred to as “gangetjies”.

The City set aside approximately R3.8m for the security walls in Clarke Estate.

Trinity Place resident Arthur Petersen told TygerBurger children in the community can now play freely.

“It feels very safe for us as a Trinity Place community and it helps a lot as there’s now no quick escape when people want to commit crimes such as smash-and-grabs,” he said.

He explained that normally after a smash-and-grab incident on 35th Avenue, suspects would run through Trinity Place to escape.

“It gives us peace of mind knowing that our children won’t run over the main road or even be shot by a stray bullet when there’s shootings in the area,” said Petersen.

He added the only thing that’s needed to improve the outlook of Trinity Place is an upgrade.

“The windows and frameworks need to be replaced.

According to Jordaan, gang violence dropped to the bear minimum since the wall was erected. 

“I can safely say that there was not one incident recorded over the past three weeks.

“The hot spot areas are Adriaanse Estate, Clarke Estate, Avonwood and Epping Forest,” said Jordaan.

Twigg said the installation of security walls at CRUs will create safer courtyards with improved surfacing, kerbs, storm water channels and washing lines. 

“This has been implemented to date within the communities of Scottsdene and now Elsies River. We see the value that it brings to these communities and is planned for roll-out in more communities, as gangsters can no longer use these walkways for their illegal activities and as escape routes to run away from law enforcement officers. 

“We thank our residents for their participation and their patience during the construction. 

“As we have received positive feedback from the community, we will roll out these security walls at other CRUs across the City as well. As a caring city, we will continue to engage with our residents so that we work together to improve the living conditions and safety for our residents and their families.”

On the topic of crime in the Elsies River area, ward 30 councillor Charles Esau noted that there has been a spike in shooting incidents in The Range and Epping Forest.

“Shootings are getting out of hand. It’s up to the community to inform police of who the suspects are in order to have peace in the area.

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