The Sandton CPF Sector 2, incorporating Bryanston East, are starting a new communication initiative in November to help reduce crime in the area. With the use of the mobile application, WhatsApp, the residents can pro-actively alert their neighbours to any safety threats, suspicious activities, crimes in progress or call for help in real time.
Each neighbourhood group will have an administrator who will feed relevant information into the Sandton CPF central core which in turn will inform other areas of Bryanston and SAPS as necessary. A proactive, informed community are a serious deterrent to would be criminals!
Simply put it will work like this:-
- Resident sends WhatsApp to their neighbourhood group
- Local group administrator/community representative sends message to members of Sandton CPF
- Members of Sandton CPF send to their residents
- Sandton CPF group administrator sends information (if relevant) to SAPS
We are putting these groups together as Bryanston is broken up into many street enclosures and in most cases criminals move from one enclosure to another. We often find that information on crime in one enclosure is not quickly and adequately disseminated to the surrounding neighbours and therefore the crime wave moves through the suburbs. If the information on criminal activity, with as much detail as possible; description of vehicles, registration, number of perpetrators, modus operandi, etc is received across a wide number of residents – imagine the number of eyes and ears that are observing and with the sharing of information we can assist police in catching and hopefully preventing these crime waves moving through Sector 2.
We encourage each street enclosure and neighbourhood community to participate by starting a WhatsApp group with a trusted community representative or street liaison taking responsibility to forward to the central group. By making the groups small and relevant to each neighbourhood you will get information immediately specific to your area and not be inundated with messages from other areas BUT through your local group administrator/community representative you will receive select information pertaining to Sector 2 crime fighting.
Join us at the next Sandton CPF Sector 2 Community meeting taking place on Thursday, 5 December for information on how this incredibly simple initiative works. The more areas we have represented by these WhatsApp groups, the better this initiative will work. It is therefore vital that each street, whether they are in an enclosure or not, sends a representative to attend this meeting. We welcome any residents who want to learn more to attend. If anyone has any questions, we have set up a dedicated email for this initiative firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read the article in the Sandton Chronicle (20/11/2013).
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