Pierre Viviers (CPF Chairperson), Paul Gerber (General Manager) and Theo Petzer (Operational Manager).
Criminals gather information by observing their surroundings, but the public can also gain information about criminals by being more vigilant and alert. Criminal activities have taken their toll on communities in the Centurion neighborhood since the beginning of the year but security officials and CPF-members are of opinion that if they gain more information regarding criminals, they can get a step ahead of them.
According to Monitor Net’s general manager, Paul Gerber and community policing forum (CPF) sector 2 Chairperson, Pierre Viviers, vehicle hijacking has increased in the past month. They urged the public to be more vigilant. “People should be on the lookout for suspicious activity in their neighborhoods. When they enter their house, they should ensure that the gate is closed behind them before they park in the garage or enter their house. They should also avoid distractions such as talking on the phone,” Gerber advised.
According to the trend of these crimes, they usually occur between 17:00 and 20:00, when come home from work. According to Viviers this type of crime has increased in The Reeds residential area. According to Gerber, criminals have become more sophisticated by dressing neatly and gathered all necessarily information of their target before committing the crime. By working closely with the community, security companies and the GPF can obtain crucial information about criminals.
They can obtain this information by supported operations, informants on the ground floor and communication from the community. Alarm systems are also important equipment for security companies to monitor criminal activities.
Monitor Net are planning to launch a campaign to train domestic workers to be more vigilant and not to give out any information about their employers’ whereabouts. “Workers talk about their employers’ whereabouts and give away sensitive information without them even realizing it,” he said.
Another big concern for Gerber and Viviers is drug dealing in Centurion. They have determined hotspot areas where dealers sell their supplies. “If we can focus on combating drug dealing in Centurion, we will definitely see a decline in criminal activities because drugs is most often the main motive behind crime whether it is to get money to buy drugs or to steal items in return for drugs,” Theo Petzer, Monitor Net’s operational manager, said.
The community can help fight the fight against drugs by starting to educate their children at home. “We had incidents where parents were not even aware of their child dealing with drugs as they ‘respected his or hers’ privacy’ and never entered their rooms,” Gerber explained. When any drug-relating activities are taking place, it should be reported immediately to the police or CPF by supplying relevant, accurate and detailed information. “If more eyes and ears are on the ground, there is less chance that the suspects will be able to get away,” Gerber said.