On 18 October 2018 AfriForum’s Meyerspark neighbourhood watch apprehended a suspect where he was spotted at the house of one of the watch’s members during a burglary attempt. The neighbourhood watch member described the suspect (who fled with a valuable stolen racing bicycle) over the radio and the neighbourhood watch caught up with him a few kilometres further. Shortly thereafter the South African Police Service (SAPS) was called in for support.
The suspect abandoned the bicycle at the side of the road and ran into a factory, where he became entangled in an electric fence. The SAPS arrested the suspect on charges of possession of stolen goods and trespassing. The SAPS also opened a docket.
“I want to thank our members for their selfless, voluntary action and the neighbourhood watch’s quick reaction and excellent cooperation with the SAPS,” says André Badenhorst, Chairperson of AfriForum’s Meyerspark branch.
Community members can become involved with AfriForum: SMS “Meyerspark” to 45341 (R1) or email email@example.com.