How will a March fight crime?

Community activist, Stephen Leppan, will lead a March against Crime on the16 August 2014 at 11am. Publicity leading up to this event has been far reaching, both in print media and social online forums. The majority of citizens have welcomed the march and many have made banners and expressed their support.
However in various statements one comes across the question:

How will a March fight crime?

The purpose of this march on crime is to establish a visible, tangible partnership between the community, government and those fighting crime, the SAPS, Helderberg Crime Watch (HCW), the various Neighbourhood Watches as well as the various private security firms. All these role players will be represented at the march and will have a chance to explain their role to the community members attending the march.

The march further signals a decision on the part of the community to cooperate and stand together in facing the scourge of crime. Where a community becomes apathetic and approaches crime in a laissez faire fashion, leaving the problem to 'others' to solve, criminals have a perfect opportunity to swoop in and take the spoils. This march sends a powerful statement to those criminals: this community stands together and will do whatever it takes to keep our streets safe for our children and our neighbours' children, for ourselves and our community.

Another question keeps popping up:

I pay my taxes and I pay XXX for armed response and to monitor my alarm. Why must I do more?

This attitude seems to pervade many of Helderbergers' discussions and crops up in online discussions ever so often. Perhaps this is a symptom of a society wide discourse? It speaks of a handing over of power to the 'other' - of saying as a person, a citizen, I pay to not have to worry about issues affecting my community. It would then seem that the frustration at the loss-of-power gets directed in the form of criticism of those who do roll up their sleeves and get involved...

This march on crime is offering citizens of the Helderberg a tangible moment in time, a choice, to take back their power and to make the decision to stand together in combating crime from all possible angles. On the streets, on the beaches, in the neighbourhoods and the parks, in our businesses and public spaces - criminal elements are no longer assured of a cosy sleepy hollow to ply their trade but will be seen, will be reported and will be severely dealt with.


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