WITVLEI: Residents of Witvlei have called on the police at the town to patrol riverbeds, pathways and roads on a regular basis to curtail escalating crime at the town.
Residents Nampa spoke to on Friday complained that criminals use the thick bushes at the town as hide-outs when committing crimes, while unsuspecting people passing through the area are often attacked.
Residents complained that they often fall prey to attacks from criminals when they venture into the veld to collect firewood in the area.
The residents want the local police to set up Women and Men Against Crime Network committees to assist the police with the rooting out of crime at the town.
The Women and Men network originated in Oshakati in 2009 and consists of a network of volunteers who assist the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) as part of a community policing concept.
The residents also called on the stricter regulations of shebeens at the town, noting that due to the fact that many shebeens are unlicensed, they often prove a haven for criminals.