Supporting community security groups goes a long way toward reducing crime and assisting the police and private security companies, says Ryan Britz, Fidelity ADT’s branch manager for Port Elizabeth.
“Members conduct these activities on a volunteer basis, not getting any monetary value in return. It’s very commendable and we are proud to be able to support such entities in whatever way we can,” says Britz.
The company, he says, is eager to support local neighborhood watch groups who are going the extra mile. They regularly hand over much-needed donations of safety equipment to these groups to help them in their work, such as recently when reflective vests were handed over to Port Elizabeth’s The Vales Neighbourhood Watch (VNHW).
According to Britz, the VNHW is an essential part of keeping the community safe. Patrolling the area is just one of the many aspects of the VNHW’s involvement and there are also several other crime awareness initiatives they participate in.
Britz encourages crime-ridden communities to establish similar types of initiatives to help combat crime.
“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 neighboring suburbs, and share ideas with them,” he advises.
Britz suggests that communities served by neighborhood watch groups should support them in any way they can.
“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,” he concludes.