Residents say no to crime at CPF meeting

Concerned residents say they had enough of crime in their area.

A Community Policing Forum (CPF) meeting took place at the Ward 3 War Room on Tuesday, March 7.

The meeting was attended by Ward 3 councillor, Matthew Shunmugam and members of the local police.

Ward committee members as well as the general public came out in their numbers to voice their concerns about escalating crime in Suryaville, Fernwood, Lennoxton and Paradise.

Cllr Shunmugam said these areas are relatively safe, although drugs were still freely available.

“At Amanath Centre, young children are being used as drug mules and fall victim to this crime.”

Ward 3 committee member, Ally Hoosen, said the aim of the CPF meeting was not only to bridge the gap between community and the police, but also to air grievances and finding solutions to problems.

Criminal Analyst, Colonel Mahesh Ragunanan addresses residents at the recent CPF meeting.

“Overgrown grass and non-functioning street lights are inter-related giving opportunities to criminals. We need a collaborate effort from the police and community,” said Cllr Shunmugam.

Residents were advised to be vigilant at all times and to ensure their doors and windows were secured, especially after dark.

“Don’t be complacent and think crime won’t happen to you. Criminals are brazen and nothing will stop them from committing crimes even in day time.”

SAPS Criminal Analyst, Colonel Mahesh Ragunanan, gave some crime statistics in Newcastle.

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