AfriForum neighbourhood watches hold national mass patrol

The AfriForum neighbourhood watches across South Africa, in collaboration with the South African Police Service (SAPS), the local Community Policing Forum (CPF), community members, various security companies and security institutions, conducted a mass patrol on 14 April in their respective areas to create policing visibility. The patrol started around 16:00 and continued until 08:00 the next morning.

2 474 patrollers participated in the patrol and covered a total of 67 051 km in 1 911 vehicles. 83 incidents were reported and dealt with. Despite high fuel prices, AfriForum’s neighbourhood watch members and other role players still drove far to make a difference in their respective neighbourhoods and farms.

In the central region, AfriForum’s Bloemfontein neighbourhood watch deployed their drone to follow criminals who blew up an ATM, which led to their arrest. The Bronkhorstspruit neighbourhood watch in the northern region caught a burglar and handed him over to a security company.

The Albertinia neighbourhood watch in the southern region took marijuana and a dangerous weapon from two minors. The same branch also arrested a suspect in a burglary case for whom a warrant had already been issued.

“AfriForum’s 157 neighbourhood watches will continue to undertake projects and conduct regular patrols to curb crime in collaboration with the SAPS and other security agencies and promote safety,” says Raymond Hohls, AfriForum’s Operational Manager of Community Safety.

Get involved with AfriForum’s neighbourhood watches today. You can help to keep your community safe, become part of your nearest neighbourhood watch here.

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