Bet­hes­da Wa­tch re­a­dies it­self for the se­a­son

Graaff-Reinet Advertiser - - Voorblad -

NIEU-BET­HES­DA — The Nieu­bet­hes­da Wa­tch is a com­mu­ni­ty-dri­ven neig­hbour­hood wa­tch that works hand in hand with the South A­fri­can Po­li­ce Ser­vi­ce to keep a hand­le on cri­me in the vil­la­ge. W­hi­le Nieu-bet­hes­da is ge­ne­ral­ly a pe­a­ce­ful, re­la­ti­ve­ly cri­me free pla­ce, the­re has been a ste­a­dy in­cre­a­se in main­ly pet­ty cri­me o­ver the past few y­e­ars and re­si­dents for­med a group to curb cri­mi­nal acti­vi­ty.

At a meet­ing held two weeks ago, com­mit­tee mem­bers put plans in­to pla­ce for the ho­li­day se­a­son - a ti­me w­hen an in­cre­a­se in vi­si­tors to the vil­la­ge can le­ad to an in­cre­a­se in cri­me.

At the in­cep­ti­on of the neig­hbour­hood wa­tch a­bout a ye­ar ago, a W­hat­sapp group was cre­a­ted which ser­ves as a (fai­r­ly strict) e­mer­gen­cy mes­sen­ger for any sus­pi­ci­ous or cri­me re­la­ted acti­vi­ty that is no­ti­ced.

Re­si­dents then con­tact the po­li­ce and im­me­di­a­te­ly ma­ke them­sel­ves pre­sent in the streets by swit­ching on lig­hts, shi­ning tor­ches and ge­ne­ral­ly cre­a­ting a pre­sen­ce in the a­rea. If so­meo­ne is in need, the po­li­ce and re­si­dents can al­so go to their ai­de.

Re­si­dents are al­so com­mit­ted to rand­om pa­trols at any gi­ven ti­me, day or nig­ht.

The­se pa­trols are un­der­ta­ken on foot, in vehi­cles, or e­ven just from a dar­ke­ned stoep, and any ir­re­gu­lar acti­vi­ty is im­me­di­a­te­ly re­por­ted and at­ten­ded to.

The­re has been an in­cre­di­bly po­si­ti­ve re­sult to the com­mit­ment of the Bet­hes­da Wa­tch which is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of a vil­la­ge wor­king to­get­her for the bet­ter­ment of the w­ho­le.

Nieu-bet­hes­da is ge­ne­ral­ly pe­a­ce­ful and re­la­ti­ve­ly cri­me free, but has re­cent­ly seen a ste­a­dy in­cre­a­se in main­ly pet­ty cri­me. Re­si­dents ha­ve for­med a group to curb cri­mi­nal acti­vi­ty.

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