The newly established Palmview Crime Watch committee looks to crackdown on crime in the area. Since its establishment, the committee has held two meetings and is looking to crackdown on the scourge of crime in the Palmview area.
Speaking at the previous meeting held at Riverview Primary School, chairman of the Palmview Crime Watch committee, Vivian Pillay, told the Phoenix Sun that they are pleased with the support that they have received from key players in the community and residents.
“We had a great attendance at the last meeting with more than 150 Palmview residents. We are pleased with the support that we’ve received from Cllr Maggie Johnson, Sector 5 manager, Cpt T Reddy and Sector 5 chairman, Laurence Moosamy,” he said.
The committee is said to have established a number of resolutions in the fight against the scourge of crime. Pillay explained some of the resolutions that were made in the meeting which included an increased visibility of Phoenix SAPS police officers on the streets.
“We want Cpt Reddy to intensify police patrol and visibility in the area. Police officials should not just pass on the main roads, but start going into the small roads and interact with residents,” said Pillay.
It was also established that Cllr Johnson will arrange a delegation consisting of committee members, Phoenix SAPS, and eThekwini Municipality officials to have a meeting with the owner of the poultry farm and scrapyard that have been a sore issue for the residents.
“The scrapyard is a major problem because vagrants from nearby informal settlements are converging in Palmview from the early hours of the morning looking for scrap in people’s yards. This results in theft and car break-ins,” explained Pillay.
The committee hopes that it brings about change and not just the lip service that has been established in the past. “We will hold the police and municipal officials accountable. We do not want lofty promises. We need to give the residents hope and let them know that their cries do not fall on deaf ears,” he added.
Various proposals were made, including raising funds to fence properties next to the pathway which thieves use to escape after committing crimes and to have a 24-hour foot patrol by a private security company. “The idea of a foot patrol security guard was well received. It will cost the residents less while we raise funds towards the fence,” said Pillay.
A clean-up operation of the neglected bush next to Amblepalm, which had become an illegal dumping site, is said to be in the pipeline and is being headed by Cllr Johnson.
In an effort to reach the elderly and those who are unable to attend the monthly meeting, the committee holds street meetings. The next street meeting will be held in Soyapalm on Friday, December 1. Residents are urged to attend the meetings and show their support.