Crime prevention begins with you!

Head of department of reaction and control at Londoloza, Shane Theunissen, demonstrates what to do in a hijacking situation. Photo: Amy Ingram

The Honeydew Community Policing Forum (CPF) addressed the community at the Welview Residents Association AGM about crime in the area.

Public relations officer for the Honeydew CPF, Jon Rosenberg, explained that each sector in the Honeydew precinct is allocated only two police patrol vehicles. This is why the CPF is working closely with police and police reservists to be the eyes and ears on the ground during their patrols.

Director of Londoloza, Lance Verster and Welview chairperson, Tana Cope, address crime at Welview’s AGM. Photo: Amy Ingram

“We are not cowboys, we act as ‘eyes and ears’ looking out for suspicious activity,” Rosenberg said. He added during his talk on 26 August that the CPF should soon be able to patrol the area seven days a week.

The CPF has an office at the Honeydew Police station where they provide free trauma counselling. However, the CPF has been running at a loss for the past 18 months and their office is at risk of closing. Donations is what keeps the CPF going. The community can also support the CPF through their fundraising initiatives, such as the 5km Fun Run/ Walk on 30 September or their Barnyard fundraiser in October. For more details, contact Jon Rosenberg at [email protected] or 082 450 2305.

Head of the Joburg West Police Reservist Cluster, Captain Troy Laas, said the CPF patrols have been effective in reporting crime and monitoring trends. He added that persons can either be part of the problem or part of the solution.

Public relations officer of the Honeydew CPF, Jon Rosenberg, explains the CPF patrols to the community. Photo: Amy Ingram

Director of Londoloza Protection Group, Lance Verster, reiterated this statement and said they cannot reduce crime on their own. He urged residents to report emergencies to their control room instead of relying on whatsapp groups. He explained Welview RA has been a fairly crime free area but theft of and out of motor vehicles, car jamming and driveway robberies are becoming an issue. Thus residents are urged to be vigilant at all times.

Head of department of reaction and control at Londoloza, Shane Theunissen, gave residents tips on how to secure their homes. He described the crime prevention measures like onion layers around a home.

The tips included:

  • Stoppers on gates to prevent access to the property by lifting the front gate
  • Outward facing sensor lights
  • Outside camera system
  • Use dogs as an early warning system (large dog for outside and a small dog for indoors)
  • Inside alarms
  • A security gate between the living area and sleeping area
  • Panic buttons

Theunissen also walked residents through what they should do in a hijacking situation, when there is a child in the vehicle.

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