Rose­mount fights crime scourge

In­ci­dents on de­cline as sub­urb’s res­i­dents es­tab­lish CPF, pa­trols

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ROSE­MOUNT res­i­dents have taken the fight against crime in to their own hands, estab­lish­ing their own neigh­bour­hood watch or Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Fo­rum (CPF).

The drive has also brought the com­mu­nity to­gether in a way that is ben­e­fit­ing the area.

While run­ning reg­u­lar pa­trols of the neigh­bour­hood, the com­mu­nity have also come to­gether to im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery, main­te­nance and up­keep in their small cor­ner of the world.

Vol­un­teers have taken to tem­po­rar­ily re­pair­ing pot­holes, in­stalling locks and fix­ing elec­tric mo­tor gates for fel­low com­mu­nity mem­bers.

In an ef­fort to elim­i­nate lit­ter in their streets, the com­mu­nity has started a black bag col­lec­tion in their area.

“The black bags are picked up from the streets and dropped off at a cen­tral point for BCM to col­lect on the ded­i­cated col­lec­tion day,” Rose­mount CPF mem­ber, Serena Vosloo said.

“We also en­cour­age neigh­bour­hood clean-ups of the open veld ar­eas, streets and park ar­eas and our once over­grown and lit­tered fields are now freshly cut and well­main­tained by res­i­dents.”

Start­ing in Au­gust with only a few res­i­dents, the Rose­mount CPF has since grown with al­most all of the Rose­mount res­i­dents vol­un­teer­ing or tak­ing part in one way or an­other. “The ma­jor­ity of our pa­trollers have full-time jobs and give up sleep and time with their fam­i­lies to pa­trol dur­ing the night.

“We hold meet­ings once a month and ded­i­cated res­i­dents run daily and nightly pa­trols on a vol­un­teer ba­sis,” Vosloo said.

“We have a sep­a­rate emer­gency group so that we can aid and re­spond to any prob­lems quickly. We also cre­ate aware­ness of sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity through our three main What­sApp groups,” she said.

All pa­trols are vol­un­tary with com­mu­nity mem­bers util­is­ing their own ve­hi­cles at their own ex­pense. Items needed for the pa­trols, such as torches and vests, have been gen­er­ously donated by busi­nesses or res­i­dents in the area.

The com­mu­nity's lat­est suc­cess saw the ar­rest of a ca­ble thief re­cently. Caught red-handed by pa­trolling com­mu­nity mem­bers, the thief was taken into cus­tody by the South African Po­lice Ser­vice.

“Crime in the area has de­creased tremen­dously in the last six weeks and we’ve re­ceived an un­be­liev­able amount of sup­port from lo­cal busi­ness own­ers and res­i­dents in the area,” Vosloo said.

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

FIGHT­ING CRIME: Rose­mount res­i­dents were able to have a Hal­loween trick or treat pa­rade in the streets of the sub­urbs thanks to the Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Fo­rum

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