Members of the Greenside Resident’s Association are planning to launch a groundswell security initiative in the form of a block-watch community, pioneered by concerned citizens.
The initiative is called Emmarentia Greenside Community Patroller (EGCP) and aims to organise volunteers across these two neighbouring areas, and concentrate vigilance and mobilise them to respond to security incidents. This is a proactive group of individuals that serve as a conduit to professional response, in the form of SAPS and the security companies operating in the area.
The GRA’s security sub-committee urge our residents to support this project, and join the security community by:
- Joining the GRA security WhatsApp group and use the channel as a forum for the sharing of ideas in respect of the liaison function the GRA provides as it relates to CAP and the CPF.
- Join EGCP as a means for improving the overall vigilance of our area over and above the efforts provided by security service providers.
- Should you like to join the Greenside security WhatsApp group or the EGCP please email your name, physical address and cell number to email@example.com.
The GRA security sub-committee aims to connect the community around issues pertaining to security, by creating a connected and informed community.
The portfolio’s function in terms of this mission is twofold:
- The GRA remains committed to the relationship it has established with CAP as primary provider of security services in the area. CAP is a non-profit organisation that has committed significant investment in the protection of our area both in terms of its home response and public-space protection initiatives. Towards this end the GRA security portfolio serves as CAP liaison together with representatives from Emmarentia in which issues and ideas pertaining to the security of the area are tabled to frame the improvement of the services that CAP provide. Key amongst these are public space initiatives like the installation of cameras and a block watch initiative that is triggered when required.
- The GRA is represented on the Community Police Forum (CPF) and serves as liaison with SAPS through the Parkview police station. The CPF meets monthly and serves as a mechanism for community involvement in the policing of our area and also serves as a means of ensuring that area interests are maintained.
The security portfolio is looked after by three people, Dimitri Vratsanos (chair), Bianca Albertini and Robert Crosby. Bianca represents us on the CPF and Dimitri on the CAP liaison fronts.