Residents in Cosmo City extension 3 have started a walking drive were the residents walk together and get to know each other so as to avoid criminals entering the extension without their knowledge. It was also for neighbours to be able to look after each other.
Crime in Cosmo City has become worse especially since the festive season is coming up, it is obvious that criminals are praying on the weak and unaware, so it is important to keep a close eye on the things and people that matter to them.
‘’ This isn’t the first community walk through we have had, we had one last year in extension 3, the purpose of that was to make sure that we know our neighbours, that we create a community that is talking to one another, said Lebogang Mabetha, a member of the extension 3 patrollers.
In terms of “Community-Reported Crimes”, which are broken down into four categories, the good news prevailed as there were decreases in all categories, namely:
» Contact crimes decreased by 5.3%
» Contact-related crimes decreased by 5.4%
» Property-related crimes decreased by 2.2%
» Other serious crimes decreased by 5.3%
“Crimes detected as a result of police action” are expected to increase, as this reflects a direct correlation between police actions/operations and arrests. These are broken down into illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, drug-related crimes, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and sexual offences detected as a result of police action.
‘’ We are raising funds to close up the gaps that have been opened by the criminals around, so the purpose is to have more funds so that we can be able to combat the criminal element in extension 3 before it becomes a serious problem,’’ Mabetha explained.
The residents of this extension started walking together after one of the people in extension 3 was shot, that was when residence realised that relying on the police to protect them at all times, was unrealistic and they had to be proactive to protect themselves.