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Crime in the areas covered by the Randburg Community Policing Forum is the lowest in the district; prompting the forum to strengthen its ranks and find new ways of making people even safer in their homes.
THE residents and police officers who have united to form the Randburg Community Policing Forum (CPF) seem to have got the right recipe in the fight against crime, as they have the lowest rate in the Randburg area.

A cleaner, safer RandburgA cleaner, safer RandburgTheir CPF is part of the Honeydew cluster, which is made up of six precincts: Randburg, Roodepoort, Honeydew, Douglasdale, Florida and Diepsloot, a new addition.
Despite this heartening news, people living in the area still need their fancy alarm systems and can’t leave their bags in unlocked cars. “Crime levels are still high and we, as a community, need to work together as well as with the SAPS [South African Police Service] to ensure that crime reduces further,” says the Randburg CPF chairman, Michel de Marigny.

This is, in a nutshell, what CPFs do: a CPF is a partnership between the SAPS and residents of an area to rid their area of crime.

Their responsibilities include establishing and maintaining a partnership between the community and the police; promoting communication, co-operation and joint problem identification and problem-solving between the two parties; and improving transparency, accountability and rendering of police services to the community.

CPFs are not the only structures that allow community involvement in policing, though. Others include: reservists, community patrol groups, street watches and committees, and neighbourhood and business watches.

 

 

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Safety plans


To help achieve its aim of a crime-free Randburg, the CPF is seeking further neighbourhood involvement and is implementing more initiatives this year. “We are starting 2011 with the setting up of community safety plans, which are intended to improve our overall security over the short and medium term,” says De Marigny.

“These plans are per sector and will be combined into an overall safety plan for the precinct. Our plans also need to include ways to beautify and enrich our suburbs and help to strengthen our communities.”

The Randburg precinct has been divided into five sectors. Each one has a sector manager and representative, as well as two patrol vehicles with their own cellphone numbers, which can be phoned to report emergencies. These can range from house break-ins and car theft to more severe crimes such as rape and murder.

Greening Randburg is one of the priorities of the RPFGreening Randburg is one of the priorities of the Randburg CPFEach sector’s CPF meets monthly to discuss these plans and the most effective ways of implementing them.
Randburg requires more reservists and De Marigny is appealing for interested residents to join the group as they “provide a valuable support service to the SAPS”. To find out more, phone Captain Brent Kur on 082 959 3139 or email captainkurmweb@gmail.com

Another vital part of the Randburg CPF is its trauma and victim empowerment centre. Community members who are prepared to assist with counselling should phone Elaine Crossling on 082 332 1591 or email her on dfwm@polka.co.za.

 

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The contact details of the managers and representatives of the sectors in Randburg are:

Sector 1

Sector manager: Warrant Officer Andrew Lebese 083 537 1686; sector representative: Michel de Marigny 083 470 9208
Suburbs: Hurlingham, Lyme Park, Oerder Park and Willowild
Vehicle numbers: 071 675 7115 and 071 675 7116


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Sector 2

Sector manager: Warrant Officer Hein van Heerden 076 781 4513; sector representative: Deidre Penfold 083 419 3281
Suburbs: Bryanston, Bryanston East, Cowdray Park, Douglasdale Extension 9 and Epsom Downs
Vehicle numbers: 071 675 7117 and 071 675 7118
Sector 3

Sector manager: Warrant Officer James Swann 079 488 2869; sector representative: Linda Bester 082 930 9269
Suburbs: Bryanston, Bryanston Extension 3, Daniel Brink, Kensington B, Malanshof, Osummit, Strijdom Park and Vandia Grove
Vehicle numbers: 071 675 7119 and 071 675 7120.


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Sector 4

Sector representative: Conrad Fick 074 374 7991
Suburbs: Ferndale, Malanshof, Fontainebleau, Praegville, Moret, Ruiterhof, Windsor, Windsor Glen, Jacanlee, Robindale, Robin Hills, Robin Acres, Randpark, President Ridge, Kelland
Vehicle numbers: 071 675 7121 and 071 675 7122
Sector 5

Sector manager: Constable Bennet Khoza 073 383 8641; sector representative: Tom Bouwer 082 490 4045
Suburbs: Bryanston, Bryanston West, Country Life Park, Cramerview, Gleniffer, Lyme Park, Mill Hill and Solridge
Vehicle numbers: 071 675 7123 and 071 675 7124
 

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