Watch needs new members

The Sharedon Park Neighbourhood Watch.

Members of the Sharedon Park Neighboourhood Watch are doing all they can to keep their streets safe.

Earlier this month the neighbourhood watch, along with 19 others, were officially accredited by the Department of Community Safety and received a starter kit with reflective vests, torches, safety whistles, first aid kits, fire extinguisher, strobe lights and magnetic decals for vehicles, stickers and a lockable container from the City of Cape Town.

MEC for Community Safety, Dan Plato said the accreditation is part of a process to make neighbourhood watches the dedicated safety partner to the community, municipality and provincial government.

“Safety is everyone’s responsibility and the willingness of active residents to assist us in creating safer environments in our communities are appreciated, celebrated and necessary in our ongoing attempts to support the police in both crime fighting and crime prevention activities,” said Mr Plato.

Neighbourhood watch chairperson Eugene Taylor was ecstatic that they received equipment and accreditation.

SPNHW was revived two years ago and although it started out with just 10 members, the organisation now stands strong at 40 members. Mr Taylor, however, said they are always looking for new members to

“The more the better. If we have more members we have more manpower to protect our community,” said Mr Taylor.

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Other neighbourhood watches that were also accredited include Somerset West, Sanddrift, Rylands, Wynberg, Surrey Estate, Tygerhof, Helderzicht, Monte Vista, Table View, Constantia, Highlands Village, Parow Valley, Rosebank and Wesbank.