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AfriForum’s Vanderbijlpark neighbourhood watch catches burglars red-handed

December 7, 2015 deur Mariska Batt

AfriForum’s neighbourhood watch patrol in Vanderbijlpark, in cooperation with the town’s Community Policing Forum (CPF), on Friday, 4 December 2015 caught two burglars red-handed. The burglars were busy with a housebreaking in the town when they were surprised by members of the local neighbourhood watch and the CPF. Various stolen domestic goods were found in the possession of the burglars.  

“People must start standing together and join AfriForum and the neighbourhood watch. Shortly Vanderbijlpark will become too small and too dangerous for criminals,” said Cor Schönborn, Chairperson of the Sector 4 CPF and one of AfriForum’s safety committee members.

“It is a big success for AfriForum’s Vanderbijlpark branch and the CPF. It once again shows that the more the community takes hands, the more we are able to combat crime together,” said Corné Cronjé, Chairperson of the Safety Committee of AfriForum’s Vanderbijlpark branch.

The branch would also like to remind all residents about the fact that crime rates are likely to increase once again during the festive season. Criminals are aware that home owners are less vigilant during this time of the year. A lot of home owners are on leave and thus out of town, which subsequently means that properties are often left unattended and vulnerable to housebreakings.

“People mustn’t forget about basic good safety measures during the festive season. Always lock gates and doors, even if you are at home. Park vehicles inside your premises and behind locked gates. Don’t leave valuable items in vehicles. Do not go outside in the evenings if you hear strange noises – immediately contact the SAPS and/or your reaction company,” said Cronjé.

AfriForum’s safety team frequently performs voluntary patrols to combat crime. Gaby Berendt, Deputy Chairperson of the CPF, advises all residents to become actively involved with crime prevention.

“Learn to know your neighbours. Attend the CPF’s crime information meetings. Report all crimes and join organised patrol groups,” added Berendt.

Join AfriForum today by sending an SMS with the word “SAFE” to 45342. SMS costs R1. If you have any enquiries regarding how to become involved with AfriForum’s Vanderbijlpark branch, feel free to send an e-mail to afriforumvdb@gmail.com.