IN the spirit of supporting the Eastern Cape province in the fight against crime, Port Alfred Community Policing Forum (CPF) held a Crime awareness engagement at the Port Alfred High School on Thursday evening.
The meeting was intended to bring about awareness of crime to the community of Port Alfred.
During his welcome and purpose of the day address, the Cluster CPF Chairman, Goerge Galbraith, told the attendees on the Cluster Integrated Community Safety Plan.
“The idea of this drive is to uplift social crime prevention activities and to bring about awareness of crime prevention, in particular personal and business safety, to the people of Port Alfred,” he said.
” Our job together with the police is to create a crime free town.”
Acting Port Alfred cluster commander, colonel Lizette Zeelie, introduced the sector managers of the cluster and in her introductory address stated how important it is for the police and CPF to work hand in hand in the fight against crime.
“There is still alot of work to be done and, as the police, we can not do it alone. We want to work together with you CPF,” said Zeelie.
The highlight of the engagement was when the CPF awarded sergeant Sindy Piennar and constable Omeka Mbadu with certificates for their Rapid Response during a house breaking that took place earlier this year. It was reported that only minutes after the case was reported an arrest was made.
Galbraith said that when we have such committed and dedicated police officials in our communities, it’s for us to acknowledge such people.
In attendance was Port Elizabeth CPF representative Bernadette Nel Naude of Atlas Security, that also forms part of the neighbourhood watch. She gave pointers on the social groups that are created with the aim to prevent crime.
“We need to know what to report on these social network chat groups,” she said. “For example, WhatsApp and Facebook. We are in it to win it and, jointly with SAPS, we will eliminate crime.”
Naude was joined by Diederick Stopforth who was formerly a Johannesburg CPF Representative and now a local businessman, who told those present of crime awareness. He also emphasises the importance of security measures in businesses.
“Accurate Information from the community is a absolute gold when it comes to crime prevention,” he said.
The meeting was also intended as a recruitment drive to join the local CPF.
MultiSecurity Services and Sky Alarms presented their latest technological methods to prevent crime. Zeelie and Pienaar allowed a session for question and answers and promotional material was also handed out.
Gardmed Ambulances and various local business owners were also among those in attendance.
“We thank you for your very welcome attendance this evening and we look forward to heightened community safety in Port Alfred” expressed Galbraith in his closing remarks .
Enquiries can be directed to Vuyokazi Nyamakazi, provincial Communications on 079-614-1518