Communities across South Africa should support their local law enforcement and other security role players. Fidelity ADT says this partnership approach to crime fighting has shown huge successes in the fight against crime.
“We work closely with several neighbourhood watches and community organizations across the country. When the public works hand-in-hand with their local security companies and the police, there is always a positive difference and generally a much safer community,” says Stuart Clarkson, Managing Executive Fidelity ADT.
The police and private security companies have limited resources and personnel. They simply cannot be everywhere all the time and depend on communities ‘eyes and ears’ to help them deploy their limited resources in the most effective way possible.
“Not everyone has the ability or the appetite to patrol their neighbourhoods at night. But you can already make a huge difference by merely being observant of your surroundings, and speaking up when you see something that is out of place,” Clarkson says.
“Take note of any potential safety issues and raise it with your neighbours. This includes everything from broken fences, to open gates, to valuable items left unattended. The same goes for children or vulnerable members of your community – by simply caring for their safety, you can already make a difference.”
If there isn’t a community safety group active in your area, Clarkson suggests that one should be formed.
“For those looking to start a community security group, we encourage you to call on the private security industry to assist. They have first-hand knowledge of what works having assisted other groups in the past. An integrated approach is also always more successful so perhaps find out if other groups are already active in neighbouring suburbs, and share ideas with them,” Clarkson advises.
In those communities that are lucky enough to have neighbourhood watches or similar organizations, it is important to support their activities and attend the meetings they arrange.
“By attending community meetings, reading emails and voting when called to do so, you can show support for those who have stepped up and are working towards a security solution for you and your loved ones,” says Clarkson.