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Knysna mayor calls on residents to help fight crime

Knysna mayor calls on residents to help fight crime


Knysna mayor, Georlene Wolmarans, has called on residents of both Knysna and Sedgefield to work with the police in fighting crime.

She says while the towns are considered to be safe havens, residents become concerned by a recent spate of violent robberies and break-ins at homes.

Mayor Wolmarans says the only way that crime will drop is if everyone works together.

She urged residents to join community police forums and to assist neighbourhood watches.

"We all have to assist the South African Police Service (SAPS) to control crime in our area. It is becoming the responsibility of every resident to actively participate in the well-being of Knysna - your support is needed to build a society where we are safe and happy," she said in a statement.

"I urge you to join the Community Policing Forum in your area and to assist your neighbourhood watches. Be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to SAPS. Ensure that you do not expose yourself to opportunistic criminals by locking your doors and closing your windows when you leave home," said Wolmarans.

Wolmarans says ward councillor, Louise Hart, is also lobbying the Western Cape government for a fully fledged police station for Sedgefield.

"I am asking residents to write letters to General Lamoor and MEC Dan Plato insisting that the building of a police station in Sedgefield takes priority. The time has come to take Sedgefield back from the criminals."

Explaining her vision for Knysna, Mayor Wolmarans said "this year, let us all dream the same dream, a dream where the residents of Knysna are employed, where poverty is alleviated, where crime decreases, and where all people have a safe home with electricity and running water."





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