Ward Councillor Helen Carstens handed over two-way radios to the Edgemead Neighbourhood Watch. The security equipment was made available through ward allocation funding.
‘Neighbourhood watches play a pivotal and sometimes unrecognized role in our communities and community volunteers often do selfless acts that go unnoticed by many.
‘It is in the interest of the greater community to assist and capacitate these wonderful people who give up so much of their free time for the greater good of the community and I trust that these radios will aide and assist them further.
‘These radios will put them in touch with each other while they are out patrolling and one radio, held by the chairman, will connect to the Metro Police base station. This will mean that serious activities can be logged directly with Metro Police to ensure rapid response,’ said Cllr Carstens.
“On behalf of the Edgemead Neighbourhood Watch I would like to say a very big thank you to our Ward Councillor, Helen Carstens for the much welcome donation of radios for use by the ENW patrollers. We have to fund every bit of equipment ourselves, over and above petrol and running costs, so donations like this are hugely appreciated,” said Mark Richards, Chairman of the ENW.
Residents are urged to consider joining their local neighbourhood watch to assist in making the community safer for all residents. For further information, contact your local ward councillor who can put you in touch with your nearest neighbourhood watch organisation.
To report suspicious activities, contact Law Enforcement on 021 596 1999 or call your nearest SAPS office. For emergencies, call 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700.