Alfa neighbourhood watch secures community

On 27 June 2019 AfriForum’s Alfa neighbourhood watch in the Overstrand assisted with the arrest of four suspects after a burglary in Onrus took place shortly before midnight. A search was conducted after information about the suspects was shared with role players including Fidelity ADT and the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Two suspects were found in nearby gardens where they hid with the stolen goods. These goods included among other things a television, cell phones and cash. The other two suspects were arrested later when a vehicle was matched to the description and was pulled over.

One victim was injured during the burglary and sustained knife wounds to his arm and hand.

In another incident two suspects with suspected stolen goods were apprehended in Hermanus, while an attempted burglary in Sandbaai was prevented.

“Successes such as these are driven by cooperation between the SAPS, the community and private security, as well as effective communication. The current economic climate brings about more active criminals. For this reason, we want to encourage the community to be vigilant and to join proactive safety initiatives such as neighbourhood watches,” says Johandré van Zyl, AfriForum’s Head of Safety for the Southern region.

“We always stand at the ready to work alongside the SAPS and private security to do our part to make the community a safer place for all,” says Lourens Theron, Chairperson of AfriForum’s Alfa neighbourhood watch.

Become involved with AfriForum’s safety structures: SMS “Veilig” to 45353 (R1).

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