HCW TO THE RESCUE – PATROLS ON THE N2
Somerset West Community Police Forum (CPF) have been approached by many concerned residents in the Helderberg Basin & surrounds asking Helderberg Crime Watch (HCW) to resume patrols on the N2 route to Cape Town.
Billy Smith, (CPF Chairman) explained: “These residents voiced concern about the safety of their loved ones who travel regularly on the N2 in the hours of darkness to get to work and back, and I approached HCW (Helderberg Crime Watch) to patrol the N2 as they did last year. Residents do not need to be reminded about the brutal stabbing of the young man and the death of the police officer last year”.
Last year HCW assisted 157 motorists stranded on the N2 in the early morning and evening peak periods, over a three-month period.
With winter almost upon us, the mornings and evenings are getting darker and the peak traffic periods and times when motorists are most at risk. “There are already reports of stoning and assaults on motorists using the N2 and there is a need for additional patrols to assist Law Enforcement agencies wherever possible” said Mr. Smith.
Peter Brand, (HCW Chairman) responded: “As a community based Non Profit Community Policing entity, HCW has a genuine concern for our motorists on the N2, and will assist wherever possible, within our financial constraints”
HCW will commence weekday armed patrols from Somerset West (R44) to Spine Road extension from 10 May through to end October. The patrols will be carried out by HCW’s contracted service provider, Vetus Schola, and will be from 04:30 to 07:30 in the morning and 17:00 to 19:00 in the evenings – the times considered to be the most dangerous.
CPF appeals to businesses and residents to assist in funding this initiative :
“Our vehicles will be patrolling up and down the above mentioned area. The harsh reality is that it does cost money to do this and we don’t want this initiative to be at the expense of the other services that we render” said Peter Brand
Peter added “For this reason, we ask our subscribers, who are regular users of the N2, to contribute R300 (R50 per month) and they will receive HCW’s pre-designed N2 sticker, to be attached to the outside of the windscreen above the license disk, to assist in identifying those who support this initiative. “
HCW will assist any motorist in need,
As an added benefit, any vehicle that breaks down on this stretch of the N2, and has this sticker displayed, will be able to have their car towed to HCW’s offices at Somerset Mall, free of charge.
HCW are a non profit organisation and any surplus funds from this initiative will be ploughed back into other patrolling initiatives. The funding of the N2 initiative will be completely transparent.
HCW will liaise closely with SAPS and the Traffic Management Centre on a regular basis regarding incidences where they have provided assistance on the N2, and an analysis of these incidences will be made available to local media to keep residents informed.
Please contact the HCW office (021 852 3118) to order your sticker. If you would like to make a donation to support this initiative because you feel strongly about the security of friends and family using the N2, deposits can be made into HCW’s bank account at Standard Bank, Helderberg Branch – Account number 072 316 780) – quoting the word “N2” as well as the donor’s name.