These three crimes are rife in Glen Marais

Glen Marais community members attended a meeting where they were told about the crime statistics in their area.

House break-ins, theft out of motor vehicles and theft of motor vehicles are the top crimes in Glen Marais.

This was heard at a recent Glen Marais community meeting at the Old Apostolic Church.

The meeting, called by ward councillor Jaco Terblanche, aimed to address the increase of crime in the area.

Terblanche also invited Brig Samuel Maredi, the station commander for Kempton Park SAPS.

“Earlier in the year we held a crime imbizo and part of our commitment was that we have to go back to the community, according to the sectors, and give feedback on the outcomes and make them aware of the problematic crimes in each area,” said Maredi.

“For this area, property crime is the most problematic crime. By property crime we mean house break-ins, theft out of motor vehicles and theft of motor vehicles.

“Residents need to encourage their domestic workers to form and take part-in domestic forums in the form of social media such as a WhatsApp group so they can communicate with each other and inform each other of suspicious and illegal activities. This will create a vigilant neighbourhood where members are the eyes and ears during the day.”

Although the meeting was primarily aimed at addressing crime, other topics such as wheelie bins and new developments in the area were also touched on, but not discussed in great detail.

Glen Marais residents Michael and Marie de Villiers, who have lived in the area for 40 years, were glad they attended the meeting.

“This was a very good and informative meeting; hearing the crime statistics of our area and hearing how involved the police are in the community, was one of the positive highlights,” said Michael.

“We have to work together and be actively involved in order to fight crime.”

Terblanche was happy with the attendance. “The police gave us the statistics and possibilities of those crimes and we need to work with them to combat crime.

“For example, theft out of motor vehicles happens mainly because we leave our valuables in our vehicles where they can be seen clearly. We need to practise removing valuables from our vehicles.

“We were also informed they have noted that residents leave their curtains wide open till very late at night when their lights are on, which puts their electronics and home goods on display. This makes a home a target for possible break-ins. Small things count. If criminals see your plasma screen and other items, they know what you have and might want to come back for it, so protect your home and avoid such things.”

Terblanche also emphasised the need to report crimes, big or small, as this helps police notice if there is a certain trend going on in the area.

“We also need to report municipal matters. For example, we can’t expect the metro to fix a broken street light if we don’t report it.

“I do, however, look forward to a better community and thank everyone who attended. Thank you to the police as well for their support. They did a proper crime analysis prior to the meeting which was very good as they advised residents accordingly.

“I like that there was positive communication between the police and the community.”

Maredi also agreed with Terblanche that the meeting was well attended.

“I am happy that the community is positive about what we discussed. Their response is encouraging. It shows the community is willing to help fight crime in this area.”

Important contact details shared at the meeting:

• Sector 2 patrol vehicle – 071 675 6813/14

• Emergency call centre – 011 458 0911 (dispatches an ambulance and EMPD)

• Brig Samuel Maredi – 071 686 7093 (to report on criminal activities only)

• Clr Jaco Terblanche – 083 413 2420 or [email protected]

  AUTHOR
Puleng Sekabate
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