Radios for neighbourhood watches

Safety and security volunteers were equipped with hand-held radios.

Neighbourhood watches, block and street committees, ratepayers’ association executives, community police forum (CPF) and ward committee members from Ward 75 received hand-held radios from the council’s ward allocation 2017/2018 budget for safety and security, on Tuesday May 15.

Councillor Joan Woodman, whose ward includes Colorado Park, Morgen’s Village, Westgate, Wildwood, Rondevlei Park, Woodlands, Weltevreden Valley, Philippi, Highlands Village, Hyde Park, Westgate (Westgate Mall), New Woodlands and Weltevreden Valley, east of Jakes Gerwel Drive, said it was a very exciting occasion as the equipment will mobilise volunteers, who take to the street, to keep the areas safe.

“These men and women risk their lives late at night and even during winter. Come rain or shine, they avail themselves to patrol the streets and lanes in their respective areas,” she said.

Ms Woodman said sectors 3, 4 and 5 of Lentegeur police station’s precinct, formed part of Ward 75 and that all new CPF and sub-forum structures had been elected and were operational and active in serving their relevant precincts.

“We have had many gang-relatedincidents, house break-ins, shootings and hijackings lately and we want to take this opportunity to thank these brave volunteers for a job well done,” she said.