Brackendowns police need more resources to keep the community safe

Brackendowns police need more resources to keep the community safe

The Brackendowns police are struggling to combat crime due to a lack of capacity and resources.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has appealed to the Gauteng Community Safety MEC, Sizakele Malobane, to urgently change the Brackendowns police station from a temporary to a fully-fledged permanent station.

The station serves three sectors in Alberton, which include Brackenhurst, Brackendowns, Mayberry Park, Alrode and Meyersdal.

The building that houses the police station was not built for that purpose, but as a bus stop. The offices consist of rented modular structures, which are run down, with considerable damage to the walls.

The SAPS has been renting these premises for more than 20 years, since 1993, and of late the lease has been on a month-to-month basis.

Furthermore, the shocking decline of police reservists nationally to 8 908 from 63 592 nine years ago, has negatively impacted the fight against crime in the area. The few officers employed at the station are incapable of dealing with hijackings and housebreakings.

This is particularly disturbing when one takes into consideration that gender-based violence is on the rise.

The DA calls for community members to be recruited and trained as reservists, to help the police to keep the streets safe.