Gor­don’s Bay: zero tol­er­ance

Res­i­dents are tak­ing their town back

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - METRO - SHANICE NAIDOO shanice.naidoo@inl.co.za

WITH a noted spike in drug-re­lated crime, Gor­don’s Bay res­i­dents are ready to fight back.

Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity have var­i­ous strate­gies to help mit­i­gate crime in the area. “Our town has been af­fected by the in­crease in crime, every­body is con­cerned about the in­crease in house break-ins and the amount of loi­ter­ing.

“With the no­tice­able in­crease of crime and grime in Gor­don’s Bay, the Gor­don’s Bay Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion (GBRA) took a de­ci­sion to start a cam­paign to make a dif­fer­ence, by in­volv­ing every prop­erty/busi­ness owner in a cam­paign of vis­i­ble polic­ing and a cam­era project to re­claim our town,” said Ed­wina Had­field, vice-chair­per­son of the Gor­don’s Bay Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Fo­rum and chair­per­son of the res­i­dents as­so­ci­a­tion.

Had­field said the in­crease in va­grancy, pros­ti­tu­tion and car-guard­ing is alarm­ing.

“Only a hand­ful are true va­grants, the rest are op­por­tunists. The crime rate has risen due to a lack of vis­i­bil­ity and with Som­er­set West be­com­ing a CID (City Improve­ment District) and the Strand a Spe­cial Rat­ing Area (SRA), the con­stant vis­i­bil­ity they have has driven the va­grants and op­por­tunists to Gor­don’s Bay, to­gether with the car guards, who are on our beach­front ha­rass­ing and deal­ing drugs.”

With the fes­tive sea­son ap­proach­ing and the in­crease in visi­tors, Had­field said it could not be a bet­ter time to launch their pa­trol ve­hi­cle. It will be on the road from the be­gin­ning of De­cem­ber. The ve­hi­cle will be eas­ily iden­ti­fi­able with the GBRA logo.

“It is just as im­por­tant to pro­tect our town with CCTV and this will take pri­or­ity. Our tar­get is to raise R150 000 a month, which will se­cure this town with cam­eras, to­gether with con­tract­ing a se­cu­rity com­pany that can of­fer us the ser­vice we are look­ing for.

“We will con­tract a lo­cal se­cu­rity com­pany that knows the area and has their fin­ger on the pulse,” Had­field added.

Gor­don’s Bay Neigh­bour­hood Watch (GBNW), with the help of the mem­bers of Gor­dons Bay Po­lice Sta­tion, has made a pos­i­tive im­pact on crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity, said Ian Pol­lock, the act­ing chair­per­son of the GBNW.

“Un­for­tu­nately, due to the in­crease in un­em­ploy­ment in the area, (there has been) a spike in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity. GBNW has part­nered with five of the ma­jor se­cu­rity com­pa­nies, to­gether with the SAPS, for the fes­tive sea­son. We urge ev­ery­one in our area to be vig­i­lant and ad­here to traf­fic reg­u­la­tions and by-laws as a zero tol­er­ance pol­icy will be in place.”

Pol­lock added that the gen­eral re­quest from the res­i­dents to all visi­tors was to clean up af­ter them­selves. He added that no drink­ing in pub­lic spa­ces would be tol­er­ated.

“We ask that, should you see a car guard, please do not pay them. Rather sup­port our shel­ters or lo­cal char­i­ties.”

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