Allen’s Nek has good news

Allen's Nek Resident's Association chairperson, Tony Wilkinson.

The community of Allen’s Nek Extension 4 has, after joint efforts, drastically reduced crime in the area over the last three years.

The Resident’s Association’s chairperson Tony Wilkinson said three years ago the crime rate was nearing 80 per cent but gradually it has dropped to less than three per cent.

“We got each neighbour in touch with each other and co-operating. We had meetings and the communications started. Unfortunately, our Ward councillor Mike Tonkin has not done much to assist us so we had to pull ourselves in numbers and get the job done.”

Ward 126 councillor Mike Tonkin said he can only interact between the resident’s association and municipality to a certain degree.

“I have done so much about the cutting of grass along the roads. In fact, we had meetings about cutting the grass along Christiaan de Wet and Hendrik Poitgieter roads. We have repeatedly asked City Parks to assist in the cutting of grass.”

Wilkinson said the unity between neighbours has become a strong foundation in creating a safe neighbourhood. He said people are still prepared to go the extra mile for each other.

“Previously, four or so houses would be hit every night or targeted. People were leaving the area. The few of us who stuck around have [helped get the area] to a point where children are playing on the streets again. It sounds like a fairy tale, but we have turned the place around.”

He said private security company Beagle Watch has been an important partner in their efforts of creating a safe neighbourhood. Since they started working with them, cases of rape, murder, petty crimes and dog poisoning have decreased drastically.

“We have had other security companies before, but they only ended up stealing from our residents. Beagle Watch goes above and beyond the call of duty. They have made it a point to get to know the residents and our area.”

Wilkinson concluded, “Don’t give back to receive something. Give back selflessly and that is when you receive.”

Alice Mpholo

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