Johannesburg communities take initiative to bolster neighbourhood security

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The following article was written by a new resident to Greymont, Stuart Dickinson, who working with the Greymont Executive as well as SCP and neighbouring Security initiatives to get National Home Security Month (NHSM) launched here in South Africa.

The article is posted on the official NHSM website.

Please take special notice of  the announcement of a family-oriented day set to take place on 14 May in Albert’s Farm, Greymont, and will focus on security demonstrations from ADT and local security company Suburban Crime Prevention, first aid courses from ER24, DIY guides and effective locking solutions from UNION, Mul-T-Lock and Yale, as well as giveaways and fun activities for the kids.

This will be a great opportunity to meet your fellow awesome Greymonters as well as those who live nearby. We can discuss new ideas and ways to make our home safer while the kids play nearby.

So please put the following in your calendar:

NHSM Fun Day

Date: Saturday, 14 May 2016

Time: 9am-2pm

Where: Alberts Farm, Greymont

We will probably make another announcement closer to the time with an update on activities planed for the day.


Johannesburg communities take initiative to bolster neighbourhood security

The current climate of crime in South Africa means that taking a proactive approach to home security, coupled with really getting to know your neighbours, is more important than ever.

Residents in Johannesburg are taking the initiative when it comes to matters of security, forming meaningful partnerships to help ensure their streets remain free of crime.

Roosevelt-Park-Crime-WatchClive Maher heads up the Roosevelt Park security initiative, which he explains uses four simple elements to achieve hugely positive results by linking the community together – a dedicated security company, community Whatsapp group, two-way radio systems and voluntary resident patrols.

“Having one dedicated security company that is able to focus its resources, cars and personnel in selected areas, coupled with a two-way radio system linked to the security company control room and an intelligent Whatsapp platform, works as a foolproof security system. It has successfully deterred criminals from the area,” says Maher.

Elsewhere, residents of Greymont have adopted a similar approach, and have begun the process of setting up their own community watch.Greymont-Crime-Watch

They’ve also partnered with National Home Security Month (NHSM), and together have set up a community activation that aims to give residents the necessary tools to improve home security and safety.

The family-oriented day is set to take place on 14 May in Albert’s Farm, Greymont, and will focus on security demonstrations from ADT and local security company Suburban Crime Prevention, first aid courses from ER24, DIY guides and effective locking solutions from UNION, Mul-T-Lock and Yale, as well as giveaways and fun activities for the kids.

“Partnering with an initiative like NHSM offers fantastic advantages,” says executive member of the Greymont Residents Forum Martijn Vreugde. “For one, it’s given members of our community the chance to meet one another, and knowing your neighbours, not just on your own street, goes a long way towards effective community safety.

“It’s so important for residents to step up and take responsibility for their own security,” adds Vreugde. “We’re slowly implementing successful methods we’ve seen in surrounding areas, taking Greymont to a level of safety where all residents can feel secure.”

According to ADT communications officers Jarred Horn, it is vitally important for communities to interact with their surrounding neighbourhoods.

“Not only does this allow them to share best practices like we’ve seen in Roosevelt Park and Greymont, but it allows people to assist one another in times of crises. New technology and proactive measures also go a long way in securing a neighbourhood.

“Furthermore, we’ve seen that cross collaboration and integration of security solutions from gated guards, boom access, CCTV camera installations, licence plate recognition, smart analytics, two-way radio and community-run social media platforms all increase and improve the level of crime deterrence within a community,” says Horn.

National Home Security Month spokesperson Hayley Elwen encourages residents to get involved with their communities, as well as NHSM, to find out more about how they can enhance suburban security.SCP-CarsImage

“We’re here to work with you,” she explains. “NHSM is more than an advice bureau, it is also an empowerment tool.

“South Africans have been afraid for long enough – it is time to solve the problems, and for everyone to work together to build safer neighbourhoods and homes.

“With the right security initiatives in place, we should see a decrease in opportunistic crimes and housebreaking. And with everyone in communities working together, we should see crime decrease significantly.”

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