Visibility is a key element of the effectiveness of any neighbourhood watch. If residents see the Watch in action and if criminals see that patrols are actively being carried out, it can make a massive difference to keeping a community safe.
A donation provided to the Forest Hill Neighbourhood Watch in Port Elizabeth, says its chairman Ian Bezuidenhout, will help drive home this visibility message.
“We received branded vehicle decals from Fidelity ADT, to help identify our patrol vehicles. This partnership helps us to reduce crime in our neighbourhood and the decals has also given our team some much needed support. Most members use their own personal vehicles to patrol and the decals enables us to be easily identified which makes it easier to ask for help or to report anything suspicious,” says Bezuidenhout (pictured).
Ryan Britz, Fidelity ADT Branch Manager for Port Elizabeth said they are happy to have been able to help.
“Our company is committed to forming partnerships with local organisations to proactively reduce criminal activity. Cooperation between neighbourhood watches, private security companies and the police is very important,” says Britz.
Residents are encouraged to get in touch with the Fidelity ADT team in Port Elizabeth if they would like any assistance or guidance on how to form a neighbourhood watch or would like to become involved in one of these groups.