Community safety initiatives
Community initiatives like neighbourhood watch, night patrol and other suburb-specific outfits are long common. Crime can make its way into any neighbourhood. The police aren’t always swift responders, so communities band together as a way to protect everyone’s property (and life).
Residents put preventative measures in place to promote safety in the community. A set of community rules, that everyone agrees with can do wonders in controlling the area, and in turn, who has access to it.
Working together to protect your community is an excellent start to getting rid of crime.
Get to know your neighbours
Mingling with the neighbours provides an extra set of eyes on your house, especially if you are going away on vacation or heading to work. There’s safety inside the sense of community. If you get close enough, you can even provide one of them with a set of keys. This can help in the event you lose yours, or you are away on a long trip and need someone to do an inspection on the property.
Relationship building in your community develops an extra layer of safety and the sense of watching out for each other.
Join the neighbourhood watch
Each neighbourhood should have a community watch programme – one that stays in tune with the neighbourhood’s regular activity. If you don’t have a neighbourhood watch programme, why don’t you start one?
When criminals see that a community has a watch system and security signs, they are less likely to try committing a crime.
The benefits of having a neighbourhood safety net
According to Firestone, it creates a greater sense of security and reduces fear of crime. It builds bonds with neighbours. People look out for one another, and this stimulates neighbourhood awareness. It also reduces the risk of the neighbourhood becoming a crime hotspot.
Widen your involvement with local police officers
The Department of Community Safety in the Western Cape encourages communities to fight crime in their neighbourhoods by joining the Neighbourhood Watch Accreditation and Support Programme. The communities work closely with the police to prevent and combat corruption. The programme regulates and supports accredited neighbourhood watch structures.
Many neighbourhood watch members volunteer with SAPS. A great way to build a bond with the police in your area.
To qualify you must:
- Be at least 25, but under 40.
- Complete a health questionnaire which is confirmed by a registered medical practitioner.
- Be medically, mentally and physically fit to perform duties.
- Be of good and sound character.
- Fit the psychometric profile
- Have a senior certificate (Grade 12) or must have successfully completed a SAQA accredited NQF level 4 qualification
- Speak, read and write at least two official languages, of which one must be English
- Allow his or her fingerprints and a DNA sample to be taken
- Undergo such training as may be determined by the National Commissioner
- Take the prescribed oath of office
- Understand that his or her services may be terminated at the age of 60
- Complete an assessment questionnaire
- Be vetted or screened
- Be employed and provide proof of employment
- Provide proof of his or her residential address
- Not have a criminal record or any criminal or departmental cases pending against him or her (all criminal or departmental cases must be declared)
- Have no visible tattoos
Equip your home with security systems
Inform your neighbourhood if you install an alarm system. It builds a secure reputation for your homes, knowing that they are equipped with alarm systems and can potentially hinder criminal activity. Neighbours might feel encouraged to look into a similar system. Security cameras and motion sensors, as well as home automation, keep you informed. The footage can help authorities solve crimes.
Create community clubs
Connect with your community by creating clubs for common interests. The clubs can revolve around reading, cooking, parenting and many other topical gatherings.
Set dates every month for the different clubs.
Make it an easy to attend and enjoyable event for everyone. Creating relationships with your neighbours is beneficial for the safety of your community.
Initiate a buddy system
The buddy system is not only for children. Adults can use the system too. A criminal is less likely to approach two people instead of one vulnerable person walking in the neighbourhood. Staying in groups is also an option.
Your buddy is more than someone who walks with you. The buddy makes sure that you are safe and have everything to feel safe at all times. Call your buddy in times of emergencies too. He or she can notify the neighbourhood if they need further assistance.
Educated on community safety
Community-based organisations make significant contributions to developing communities and crime prevention. The aim is to improve and expand community safety regarding community safety.
The eThekwini Municipality initiated a Safer Cities Unit in Durban. Projects undertaken by the Safer Cities Unit include the establishment of Ward Safety Committees and Ward Safety Profiling.
Ward Safety Committees sustain and support mobilised community members participating in community safety initiatives. The shared responsibility raises practical solutions to community problems.
Community members are involved in making decisions about planning and implementing the safety processes, programmes and projects.
Keep the crime level low.
Community safety and crime prevention initiatives are cost-effective. The aftermath of crime is usually pricey. Community safety initiatives boost investor confidence and directly impacts employment in the area.
A low crime level is a result of stability and a significant global indicator. New investments are attracted, and current investments are maintained.
Community safety is a priority. The dream is to have a thriving world-class, and commercial centre with employment opportunities. A clean and safe environment makes for a high quality of life.
Personal safety is a human right. It is necessary for human development and enhanced productivity.
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