New Woodlands shines a light on crime

New Woodlands residents living around Central Park, off Johannes Meintjies, are shining a light on crime and disorder in their park.

New Woodlands children enjoying Central Park.

They have embarked on an awareness campaign “Shine a light at night” to deter criminals from using their public spaces to rob people, commit vandalism and do drugs.

Resident Gerald Scheepers said they need an urgent additional spotlight that will cover the park.

“Members in our community have come out to show their support by shining a light on muggers, vandals and other culprits, who carry out their evil deeds during the night hours,” he said.

Mr Scheepers said the street lights are not enough because they cannot see who is loitering in the park.

New Woodlands residents living around Central Park, off Johannes Meintjies, shine a light on crime in their park.

“We want a safe place for our kids to play without feeling in danger,” he said.

As their neighbourly duty they often help the council keep the park clean and make it more health friendly.

For their next project they will be painting the poles in their park.

“Our goal is to protect our open space and make it a safe and enjoyable place for our children to play,” said Mr Scheepers.