A group of residents have been working to reawaken our dormant Neighbourhood Watch. Here’s a backgrounder, followed by a brief report from a meeting last week, and an invitation:
What does a neighbourhood watch do?
- Increase safety and security by working closely with the police and ADT and by providing ways for neighbours to look out for each other.
- Work with the municipality and the ward councillor to monitor what’s going on, be alerted to developments that might affect us and give input where required.
- Develop community resources like parks, and ensure the municipality regularly clears weeds, maintains street signs, replaces drain covers, etc.
What are the advantages of having a neighbourhood watch?
- Less crime. The stats show that we suffer significantly more crime than Rosebank, where there is a very active neighbourhood watch.
- Higher property values due to better security and maintenance of common areas.
- A better sense of community. Street parties, anyone?
What’s happened so far
A group of concerned Little Mowbray residents met on Thursday October 3 in the staff room at Bloemendal House, St George’s Grammar School. The meeting was chaired by Jonathan Hobday of the Rosebank and Mowbray Civic Association, as well as Warrant Officer Derek vd Merwe and Constable Michael Mamuthamani of the Mowbray SAPS, Terence Conradie of ADT and around 15 residents. The results:
- There was consensus that it was important to re-activate the Little Mowbray Neighbourhood Watch.
- It was agreed that it would be useful to organise another canvass of the area in order to update residents and to expand the existing mailing-list of the newsletter. Terence Conradie of ADT offered to assist with printing and distribution of another flyer.
- It was agreed that Dave Sivertsen and Pam Sykes would act as convenors to stage the next meeting at which details could be discussed. A tentative time and date for the meeting was set – 6pm on Wednesday October 16.
- Karin Hopkinson agreed to produce an updated block map of the area to help us assign block co-ordinators.
What happens next
The next meeting will be held at 7pm on Wednesday October 16, in the Smuts Centre at St George’s Grammar School. Everyone is invited. The meeting will last one hour at most and we will achieve the following:
- Appoint a Steering Committee and mandate them to take the next necessary steps ito registration, etc.
- Appoint block co-ordinators where possible, and agree on next action steps to fill in the blanks.
- Agree on text and distribution for the planned flyer.
- Agree on preferred communication methods.
If you’re interested and can attend, please do. If you can’t attend but have practical ideas to contribute or want to volunteer, please leave a note in the comments. We look forward to meeting and working with many more of you!