Don’t let the Subject Heading Neighbourhood Watch Training put you off – please read on and learn about a safety strategies meeting! This is about What we can do to make them (potential criminals) not want to come to the Fish Hoek Valley in the first place.
I recently attended a talk by Charl Viljoen (Community Liaison Officer, City of Cape Town Safety & Security Directorate) and it was far more interesting than I expected – in fact it was most enjoyable and thought-provoking! He talked about many of the background and often subliminal messages we as a community broadcast to the criminal element and he touched on many of the successful and quite simple strategies that we can use to discourage the criminals. These are simple day-to-day good neighbour and community-minded citizen approaches to make our Valley less interesting to criminals.
The City of CT is promoting this kind of training and is trying hard to get involved with communities and it may well be wise to look for allies because our existing defenders of the law aren’t meeting all expectations. Charl travels around doing training sessions to any community asking for help.
Some local NW’s already use some of the strategies Charl promotes, and they DO work. This isn’t about the “In-your-face patroller versus criminal interactions” that our patrollers are so used to dealing with, it’s more about “What we can do to make them not want to come to our Valley in the first place”.
Charl has booked Saturday 19th May 2012 for Fish Hoek NW’s
– it’s open to all and will take a good part of the day. It’s also not just Patrollers that will benefit, all members should find this interesting.
Exact times and venue will be announced closer to the time – Konrad will be arranging the venue and details.
PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR MEMBERS TO ATTEND – THERE IS NO MAXIMUM NUMBER OF ATTENDEES – THIS WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO US ALL!
Feedback on numbers wishing to attend will assist with planning and a good attendance will show C Of CT that we want to make a difference!