Slamming the Brakes on Crime, community stands together

Constantia Valley Watch Association (CVWA) received another car to be used in patrolling the area.

The handover of the second community business sponsored Law Enforcement Vehicle was held at Toyota Market in Tokai on Tuesday 7 June.

The first car was handed over last year in November.

Mike Voortman, chairman of CVWA, says this was an agreement with the City of Cape Town of Cape Town to donate a vehicle to help with law enforcement in the area.

The car was bought and paid for by CVWA, through contributions from local businesses. The second vehicle was specifically sponsored by Macrolan. “It will be driven and used by local residents who are qualified Law Enforcement Specials (volunteers). They all underwent a six week intense training so that they will be able to carry out their duties. The volunteers are community members of the Valley who have normal jobs during the day and at night go out in full force to enforce the law and make community safer,” adds Voortmam.

Attending the handover was JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security, who said the cars are an enormous aid. “Foot patrollers don’t usually work because of long dark roads. This car will help a lot. The City doesn’t have adequate vehicles to cover all the ground and with such initiatives we are really happy and we know areas are kept safer.

Wayne Montgomery, a volunteer, says: “This will go a long way in making us more visible. It will be much easier to make criminals know that we are in the area. We will be able to issue fines and make arrests. We had to be trained for this and we will gladly do our work to assist the City and the police. I know this will make a lot of people sleep better knowing we are on the road.”

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