VRYHEID Neighbourhood Watch, despite several setbacks in recent times, is still operational.
The organisation started off with seven locals, tired of crime in our town, banding together to make a difference and that’s exactly what they did.
“That’s what we will keep doing,” states current chairman, Andrè Rheder for the organisation, which has grown significantly since then. Rheder has been involved since the inception of the group back in 2013.
The recent issue with the green lights has only made the Vryheid Neighbourhood Watch team all the more determined to remain active and stay a step ahead of the criminals.
A few weeks ago, the Vryheid Herald ran a poll on social media for seven days, calling on the community to share their thoughts on the necessity of the green lights that were previously an indication of the presence of Vryheid Neighbourhood Watch patrollers in their area. 218 people responded… 218.
Most voted in favour of the green lights being utilised by Vryheid Neighbourhood Watch, but only 218 people voted in total. Is this an indication of how many people are concerned about the issue?
Some patrollers have reported that the absence of the green lights creates a problem on patrol as residents and other road users are now unaware of their intentions as they drive at reduced speeds to monitor activity in the area. There have also been reports that the incidence of crime has increased, with more reports of burglaries and housebreakings coming through to members of the Watch since the green lights were extinguished recently.
“People, we all need to stand together and we need to look out for our neighbours,” states Andrè Rheder. “And spare a thought for the members of both of the neighbourhood watches who leave their families at night to look after yours…”