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Container set to help contain crime in Kosovo<p>The City facilitated the acquisition of a container unit that will serve as a base of operations for the Kosovo Neighbourhood Watch (NW) members and will also be a community hub where service delivery matters can be reported.<span></span></p><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:911px;" /></figure><p></p><p>‘The application for this container was made in 2015, while we were still conducting training with the Kosovo Neigbhourhood Watch. The structure has a kitchen and toilet, is fitted with plug points and insulated with wood. It will soon be connected to the electricity and wastewater networks. I have also motivated for a permanent clerk to be based at the container who can assist the community with other City-related service delivery matters, so that we extract maximum value,’ said Safety and Security; and Social Services Portfolio Committee Chairperson, Councillor Mzwakhe Nqavashe.<span></span></p><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:960px;" /></figure><p></p><p>In Mitchells Plain, the Westgate Neighbourhood Watch took delivery of a similar container in August. That structure is currently being refurbished and will be used as the group’s headquarters and to monitor the community CCTV system.</p><p>‘These containers are meant to act as places where neighbourhood watch members can gather for deployment, breaks or to be accessible to the public. Many watch groups do not have a central gathering point, and it becomes even more tricky in an informal settlement like Kosovo, so this container represents an opportunity to improve the neighbourhood watch’s operations,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security; and Social Services, Alderman JP Smith.</p><p>Apart from the container, the Kosovo NW will also receive jackets, torches and radios as part of the City’s Neighbourhood Watch Support Programme.<span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:855px;" /></figure>​​</span>The container donations form part of the City’s commitment to assisting NW organisations. Since 2008, the City has helped to facilitate training and resources for thousands of NW members across the metropole.</p><p>‘The importance of community policing should not be underestimated. We have witnessed first-hand how crime has dropped in areas with well-organised and active neighbourhood watch groups. It is for this reason that the City started investing in community policing a decade ago. There are many success stories, and many challenges that remain, but we remain committed to supporting these organisations as best we can,’ added Alderman Smith.</p><p><strong>End</strong></p> <br>2018-10-08T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#4afa61c4-3670-46fd-8812-9d63ad966caa;L0|#04afa61c4-3670-46fd-8812-9d63ad966caa|kosovo;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#ed106a68-c053-45e8-859e-6f693d70af7b;L0|#0ed106a68-c053-45e8-859e-6f693d70af7b|crime;GP0|#282872ae-35e1-439f-97ba-12ac7e2b10d4;L0|#0282872ae-35e1-439f-97ba-12ac7e2b10d4|neighbourhood watch1

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