The City of Cape Town (COCT) says its Safety and Security Directorate will strengthen Neighbourhood Watch (NHW) patrols with a further R500 000 allocation for their equipment.
According to the COCT, there are more than 228 accredited NHWs around the city with more than 6 871 members collectively and the R500 000 is in addition to R2 685 000 already allocated for extra equipment and support services.
The COCT’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith says the NHW makes an impact in their areas and assist the South African Police Service by raising the alarm on suspicious activity, identifying stolen property, doing home security surveys and adding to a sense of safety and responsibility.
“Neighbourhood watches are an integral part of our crime prevention strategy in communities. The watch members give up their time to make their neighbourhoods safer by being visible and deterring crime,” Smith said.
Smith added that although members are provided with training there’s a growing list of equipment which includes hand radios and radio base stations for their watch rooms, reflective bibs, torches, bicycles, night vision equipment and jackets.
Meanwhile, Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde recently joined the Langa Safety Patrol, a Neighbourhood Watch, for a walkabout to find out about the innovative ways that they are not only safeguarding their community but also promoting and supporting their local economy.
#ICYMI I had the opportunity to walk with the local Neighbourhood Watch in Langa this past week, and it was inspiring to see so many community members in action and learn about the great work they are doing to keep their community safe. pic.twitter.com/gvBAxzgeYt
— Premier Alan Winde (@alanwinde) September 10, 2021
Picture: Twitter/ Alan Winde