There's an initiative in Pretoria to up-skill car guards and simultaneously fight crime in local neighbourhoods.
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Officers from Brooklyn Police Station have joined forces with car guards in Hatfield to assist with crime prevention, particularly vehicle-related crimes.
Brooklyn police Spokesperson, Captain Colette Weilbach advises that car guards are able to help with vital information in investigations, crucial to cracking cases.
Weilbach says there has been a perception that car guards are a nuisance, while in fact they hold important police intelligence.
She explains that police now communicate information about suspects.
We give them ID kits or suspects we are looking for so they can be part of the solution.— Captain Colette Weilbach, Brooklyn police Spokesperson
Weilbach advises that students from the University of Pretoria are also involved by facilitating community engagement workshops with the car guards.
They are going to give them life skills training and do a skills audit to see how we can help towards development.— Captain Colette Weilbach, Brooklyn police Spokesperson
According to Weilbach, the registered car guards have all been identified and listed on the station database in order to help keep them accountable.
She says that since the initiative began last month, there has already been a decline in vehicle-related crimes in Hatfield.
Take a listen to Captain Colette Weilbach explain the programme in detail: