If people do not get involved, Garscom can’t be sustainable. Pretoria east is the “wild wild west no more” following the efforts of Garscom, Chubb and the police.
Vice chairperson of neighbourhood watch, Garscom, Herklaas Meyer attributed the decline in crime in the area to proactive action.
He said the area north of Solomon Mahlangu Drive, west of Woodlands and south of Atterbury Road was now patrolled regularly by Garscom, Chubb and the police.
“A proactive 24/7 action makes criminals uncomfortable,” said Meyer.
Garsfontein Police spokesperson, Captain Ilze Jones confirmed that crime was now under control in this area.
Meyer said Garscom’s aim going into the next year would be to get more people involved.
“We want a larger community involvement to be established.
We have appointed two women who goes from street to street arranging street meetings to get people involved. Every street also has a Whatsapp group.
Existing community projects will go ahead. These projects include patrols, Christmas market and Garden Friends, to get people to share garden secrets and achievements.
We hope to have more people involved in these projects going forward.
If people does not get involved, Garscom can’t be sustainable.”
Garscom has 10 night patrol teams and one day patrol team.
An annual Garscom meeting was held last Monday at the Bethel Chapel in Garsfontein.
“It was a very successful meeting. We received positive feedback about the year that was and about the Garscom project as well as security.”